Faculty publications and research

The dynamic duo of Dr. James Arieti and Dr. Roger Barrus has added another title to its growing list of publications. The latest book, a new translation of Plato's Protagoras, was released this past spring by Rowman & Littlefield. The two Hampden-Sydney stalwarts previously collaborated on a translation of Plato's Gorgias. Dr. Arieti is Thompson Professor of Classics and Dr. Barrus is Elliot Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs.

Protagoras is full of characters-from naïve to ostentatious-and Plato's text brims with puns, equivocations, sleights of sense, and burlesqued allusions to the classical literature of the day. Arieti and Barrus have been extremely sensitive to preserving the text while providing extensive introductions, notes, and appendices to explain Plato's creative and clever work.

Dr. Dirk Johnson, Associate Professor of modern languages, has written the book Nietzsche's Anti-Darwinsim; it was released this summer by Cambridge University Press. In this work, Dr. Johnson investigates the role of Darwin in Nietzsche's philosophy, but emphasizes the antagonistic character of their relationship, suggesting that Nietzsche's critique against Darwin represents the key to understanding his broader anti-Darwinian position.

The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded Dr. Marc Hight, Elliot Associate Professor of Philosophy, an NEH Summer Stipend. Dr. Hight used the highly competitive grant award to travel to London, Dublin, and other sites in the United Kingdom for eight weeks, researching letters to and from philosopher George Berkeley. Cambridge University Press has contracted Dr. Hight to publish a critical, scholarly edition of the correspondence of Berkeley. In addition, he secured an additional grant for his student Neil Smith '12 to join him for two weeks to help work on the Berkeley letters at the British Library.