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." 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. This view also becomes evident in his book Only a Promise of Happiness. The title itself is later in this work used as one definition of beauty with reference to Stendhal. In that sense, beauty can be found in all media; as Nehamas claims in the same work: ″Aesthetic features are everywhere, but that has nothing to do with where the arts can be found. Works of art can be beautiful because everything can be beautiful, but that doesn't mean that anything can be a work of art.″ (p. 95). In 2008, he delivered the Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh.
- 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)
Alexander Nehamas -individual character and ideas of beauty
Big Ideas presents Princeton University professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature, Alexander Nehamas, on how individual character defines our ideas ...
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Palestra proferida pelo Prof. Dr. Alexander Nehamas no II Congresso Internacional Nietzsche e a Tradição Filosófica - Nietzsche e as Tradições Morais.
Narrative Selves: Alexander Nehamas
Alexander Nehamas of Princeton speaks at the Narrative Selves session for the Narrative Self, Lyric Self, Absent Self: Literary, Psychological, and Philosophical ...
Origins of Tragedy
Roundtable discussion with Joseph LeDoux, Gregory Nagy, Alexander Nehamas, Stephen Scully, and Gareth Williams.
President's Lecture Series 2009-10: Alexander Nehamas
Alexander Nehamas, an internationally known philosopher and Princeton University professor, presented Because It Was He, Because It Was I: The Good of ...
A talk on the first essay—"Good and Evil," "Good and Bad"—from Nietzsche's "On The Genealogy of Morals." An analysis of Nietzsche's notion of master and ...
Narrative Selves: Q&A
Suzanne Keen, Alexander Nehamas, and Daniel Schacter answer questions at the Narrative Selves session for the Narrative Self, Lyric Self, Absent Self: ...
Ms. Rajan's AP World History Class The Three Greek Philosophers
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Is beauty in the eye of the pharaohs? Gharib Desouky. beauty as that which brings enjoyment to the person who looks or contemplates. subjective properties as ...
Le trascrizioni di Schoenberg e Stein da Mahler - Giorgio Mezzanotte Nehamas - Radio Classica 2012
In studio: Luca Ciammarughi, Danilo Lorenzini, Giorgio Mezzanotte Nehamas.
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 ...
Thu, 28 May 2015 06:17:18 -0700
Being true to what you love, however, involves a fundamentally different mode of attention from self-reflection. Specifically, it involves attending to the kind of beauty specific to the beloved object. Explaining this idea, the philosopher Alexander ...
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 ...
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.
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 04:03:45 -0700
My favorite philosopher (Michel Foucault) wasn't a philosopher so much as he was an innovative historian. Instead of casting his gaze at some well-defined era, Foucault studied the breaks between eras. Why did the model of the way the world works ...
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:33:45 -0800
According to their website, they believe that television represents, “a symbol for communication and globalization in the contemporary world”. It's good for your soul. Professor Alexander Nehamas, a Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University ...
University of Delaware
University of Delaware
Tue, 11 Feb 2014 04:33:45 -0800
7:36 a.m., Feb. 11, 2014--Alexander Nehamas of Princeton University will deliver the spring David Norton Memorial Lecture at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, in 111 Memorial Hall on the University of Delaware campus in Newark. Nehamas, the Edmund N.
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:58:06 -0700
Alexander Nehamas, the Edmund N. Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities and professor of philosophy and comparative literature at Princeton, said some advocates for educational utility take a narrow view. "The usefulness here is ...
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