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Alexander Nehamas
Born 22 March 1946
Athens, Greece
Era 21st century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Postmodernism
Main interests
Ancient Greek philosophy, comparative literature, aesthetics

Alexander Nehamas (Greek: Αλέξανδρος Νεχαμάς; born 22 March 1946) is Professor of Philosophy and Edmund N. Carpenter, II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He works on Greek philosophy, aesthetics, Friedrich Nietzsche, Michel Foucault, and literary theory.

He was born in Athens, Greece in 1946. In 1964, he enrolled to Swarthmore College. He graduated in 1967 and completed his doctorate on Predication in Plato's Phaedo under the direction of Gregory Vlastos at Princeton in 1971. He taught at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pennsylvania before joining the Princeton faculty in 1990.

His early work was on Platonic metaphysics and aesthetics as well as the philosophy of Socrates, but he gained a wider audience with his 1985 book Nietzsche: Life as Literature, in which he argued that Nietzsche thought of life and the world on the model of a literary text. Nehamas has said, "The virtues of life are comparable to the virtues of good writing—style, connectedness, grace, elegance—and also, we must not forget, sometimes getting it right."[1] More recently, he has become well known for his view that philosophy should provide a form of life, as well as for his endorsement of the artistic value of television. In 2008, he delivered the Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh.

Selected works[edit]

  • Nietzsche: Life as Literature, Cambridge: Harvard University Press (1985)
  • Symposium (translation, with Paul Woodruff) (1989)
  • The Art of Living: Socratic Reflections from Plato to Foucault (1998)
  • Virtues of Authenticity: Essays on Plato and Socrates (1999)
  • The Art of Living: Socratic Reflections from Plato to Foucault: University of California Press (2000)
  • Only a Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art (2008)


  1. ^ Carrier, David. "Alexander Nehamas", BOMB Magazine No. 65 (Fall, 1998). Retrieved 2012-01-25.

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Princeton University

Princeton University
Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:56:15 -0700

I was also attracted by names I recognized; as a philosophy major, I had previously read the work of both Peter Singer and Alexander Nehamas before getting here. Two years later, I've taken classes with both of them. In short, Princeton offers in some ...
New York Times (blog)
Sun, 29 Aug 2010 14:25:47 -0700

Alexander Nehamas is professor of philosophy and comparative literature and Edmund N. Carpenter, II, Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University. He is the author of several works on Plato, Nietzsche, literary theory and ...

Pacific Standard

Pacific Standard
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 04:03:45 -0700

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Greek Reporter
Thu, 27 Jan 2011 09:56:36 -0800

On Wednesday, the President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias received Alexander Nehamas, Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University. The distinguished professor was named Honorary Doctor of Aristotle University, of the Philosophy Department.


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:40:14 -0800

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The Atlantic
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:03:54 -0700

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University of Delaware

University of Delaware
Tue, 11 Feb 2014 04:33:45 -0800

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Princeton University
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:58:06 -0700

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