Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
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- Tel: 778-782-3091
- Office: WMC 4623
Dr. McPherran is on leave.
- 1972 B.A. University of California at Santa Cruz (with Honors)
- 1978 M.A. University of California at Santa Barbara
- 1982 Ph.D. University of California at Santa Barbara
Areas of Interest
Ancient Greek Philosophy, Ancient Greek Religion, Philosophy of Religion, History of Ethics
Current Research Projects
- "Socrates and Plato" (invited book chapter) for the History of Western Philosophy of Religion, edited by G. Oppy and N. Trakakis (Chesham, UK: Acumen, 2007).
- Socrates and Plato on Piety: A Study of the Euthyphro (book manuscript).
- Socrates, book manuscript under contract with Acumen/University of California Press.
- "The Religious Dimension of Socratic and Platonic Moral Theory," invited book chapter for Foundations of Ancient Ethics/Grundlagen der Antiken Ethik edited by George Rudebusch and Jorg Hardy (Vandenhoek, forthcoming).
- Socrates (with N.D. Smith), book manuscript under contract with Polity Press, UK.
- The Cambridge Critical Guide to the Republic (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
- The Religion of Socrates (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press; 1996 [pbk. 1999]
- Recognition, Remembrance, and Reality: New Essays on Plato's Epistemology and Metaphysics. Apeiron Supplemental Volume 32.4 (1999)
- Wisdom, Ignorance, and Virtue: New Essays in Socratic Studies. Apeiron Supplemental Volume 30.4 (1997).
- 2012 “Socratic Theology and Piety,” chapter for the Continunum Companion to Socrates, edited by John Bussanich and Nicholas D. Smith (forthcoming).
- 2012 “Virtue, Luck, and Choice at the End of the Republic,” in Reason and Analysis in Ancient Greek Philosophy: Essays in Honor of David Keyt, Philosophical Studies, (2012); and chapter 7 in The Cambridge Critical Guide to the Republic, edited by Mark L. McPherran (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
- 2012 “Socrates’ Refutation of Gorgias: Gorgias 447c-461b,” Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy (forthcoming).
- 2012 “Socrates and Aesop in Plato’s Phaedo,” Apeiron (forthcoming).
- 2012 “Comments on Chung-ying Cheng’s “World Humanities as Based on Self-Reflection of the Human Person and Global Interaction of Traditions,” Journal of Chinese Philosophy, December 2012.
- 2011 “Santas, Socrates, and Induction,” chapter for Socratic, Platonic and Aristotelian Studies: Essays in Honor of Gerasimos Santas. Edited by G. Anagnostopoulos, Philosophical Studies Series, v. 117 (Springer) 2001: 67-92.
- 2010 “Socrates and the Religious Dimension of Plato’s Thought,” in G. Rudebusch and J. Hardy (eds.) Foundations of Ancient Ethics / Grundlagen der Antiken Ethik (Vandenhoek 2011) (abridged, edited version of “Socrates and Plato” in the History of Western Philosophy of Religion  below).
- 2010 “Socrates, Plato, Erôs, and Liberal Education” invited essay for the Oxford Review of Education special edition ‘Classical and Modern Theories of Education,’ edited by C. Brooke and E. Frazer; Vol. 36, No. 5, 2010: 527-541.
- 2010 “Socratic Religion,” Chapter 6 for The Cambridge Companion to Socrates. Edited by Donald Morrison.
- 2010 “Justice and Piety in the Digression of the Theaetetus,” Ancient Philosophy 30.1 (2010): 73-94.
- 2010 “Extrarational Intuition and the Elenchos in Socratic Thought,” Philosophical Inquiry (2010).
- 2010 “Love and Medicine in Plato’s Symposium and Philebus,” in L. Brisson and J. Dillon (eds.) Plato’s Philebus: Selected Papers from the Eighth Symposium Platonicum, International Plato Studies 26 (2010): 204-208.
- 2010 “Socratic Piety and the Life of Philosophy,” (in French) chapter for Socrates’ Ethics (Librairie philosophique J. Vrin: Paris). Edited by Pierre Destrée and Louis-André Dorion.
- Hypertext Books (WWW + CD-ROM): Plato's Sophist (with George Rudebusch [NAU] for Project Archelogos, University of Edinburgh; forthcoming, 2009.
- 2008 "Socrates and Plato" (invited book chapter) for the History of Western Philosophy of Religion, edited by G. Oppy and N. Trakakis (Chesham, UK: Acumen, forthcoming).
- 2008 "Virtue, Luck, and Choice at the End of the Republic," Philosophical Inquiry (forthcoming).
- 2008 "Santas, Socrates, and Induction," Philosophical Inquiry (forthcoming).
- 2006 "Medicine, Magic, and Religion in Plato's Symposium," chapter for Plato's Symposium: Issues in Interpretation and Reception (Harvard, 2006). Edited by J. Lesher, D. Hails, and F. Sheffield.
- 2006 "Socratic Epagoge and Socratic Induction," Journal of the History of Philosophy.
- 2006 "Platonic Religion," chapter for The Blackwell Companion to Plato. Edited by Hugh Benson.
- 2006 "The Piety and Gods of Plato's Republic," in G. Santas (ed.) The Blackwell Guide to Plato's Republic (Blackwell, 2006): ch. 5 (84-103).
Recent Lectures and Presentations
- 2012 “On the Myth of Plato’s Socratic Period,” invited symposium presentation, Pacific Division Meeting of the APA; Seattle, April.
- 2012 Commentator on Chung-ying Cheng’s “World Humanities as Based on Self-Reflection of the Human Person and Global Interaction of Traditions,,” SFU Symposium on World Humanities, January.
- 2011 “Socrates and Aesop in Plato’s Phaedo,” the 4th West Coast Plato Workshop, Lewis & Clark College, May.
- 2011 “Socrates’ Refutation of Gorgias: Gorgias 447c-461b,” invited presentation, 2011 Austin J. Fagothey SJ Philosophy Conference, University of Santa Clara, February; 16thAnnual Arizona Colloqium in Ancient Philosophy, February; invited talk, Norte Dame University Ancient Philosophy Workshop series, September; and the SFU Philosophy Colloquium series, November.
- 2010 “Socrates, Plato, Erôs, and Liberal Education,” Keynote Address, 1st Annual Northwestern Philosophy Conference, Lewis and Clark College, September.
- 2010 “The Gods of the Republic,” International Plato Society IX Symposium, Tokyo, August, 2010.
- 2010 “Love and Medicine in Plato's Symposium and Philebus,” for the UC Berkeley Working Group in Ancient Philosophy, April, 2010.
- 2010 “Socrates, Plato, Erôs, and Liberal Education,” and “Socratic Religion,” for the Fleishhacker Chair Lecture Series, USF, March, 2010.
- 2010 Commentator on John Bussanich’s Comments on “Liberation and Bondage in the Phaedrus Myth,” Third Annual West Coast Plato Workshop: Plato’s Phaedrus; UC San Diego, May.
Service to the Profession
- 2007-10: Member, Program Committee, Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association.
- 2005-08: Member, the Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy, American Philosophical Association.
- 2000-present: Editorial Board Member of Apeiron (appointed 2/2000).
- 1996-present: Founder, Organizer, and Director: The Annual Arizona Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, University of Arizona
This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.