Reeve, C.D.C. 1948–
Reeve, C.D.C. 1948–
PERSONAL: Born September 10, 1948. Education: Trinity College, Dublin, B.A., 1971, M.A., 1976; Cornell University, M.A., 1975, Ph.D. 1980.
ADDRESSES: Home—309 Lone Pine Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514. Office—Department of Philosophy, CB #3125, Caldwell Hall, University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3125. E-mail—[email protected]; [email protected]
CAREER: Educator and writer. Reed College, Portland, OR, professor of philosophy and humanities and chair of department, 1976–2001; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, adjunct professor of classics, 2002–, professor of philosophy, 2002–05, Delta Kappa Epsilon distinguished professor of philosophy, 2005–. Visiting assistant professor at Cornell University, 1981, and University of Virginia, Wise, 1981; visiting professor at University of North Carolina, 2001. Stavros Niarchos lecturer in classical philosophy at Queens College, Flushing, NY, 2000; visiting Scholar at Roanoke College, 1990; Brown University, 1991; National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on Knowledge, Teaching, and Wisdom, 1993; and College of the Holly Cross, 2000.
AWARDS, HONORS: Reed College Junior Vollum fellowship, 1982–83, Senior Vollum fellowship, 1985–86, Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award, 1989; Outstanding Academic Book designation, Choice, 1994, for Practices of Reason.
Philosopher-Kings: The Argument of Plato's Republic, Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), 1988.
Socrates in the Apology: An Essay on Plato's Apology of Socrates, Hackett (Indianapolis, IN), 1989.
(Reviser) Plato, Republic, translated by G.M.A. Grube, Hackett (Indianapolis, IN), 1992.
(Editor, with S. Marc Cohen and Patricia Curd) Ancient Greek Philosophy from Thales to Aristotle, Hackett (Indianapolis, IN), 1995, published as Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy: From Thales to Aristotle, 2000.
(Translator and author of introduction and notes) Aristotle, Politics, Hackett (Indianapolis, IN), 1998.
(Translator and author of introduction and notes) Plato, Cratylus, Hackett (Indianapolis, IN), 1998.
Substantial Knowledge: Aristotle's Metaphysics, Hackett (Indianapolis, IN), 2000.
Women in the Academy: Dialogues on Themes from Plato's Republic, Hackett (Indianapolis, IN), 2001.
(Editor) The Trials of Socrates: Six Classic Texts, Hackett (Indianapolis, IN), 2002.
(Author of introduction) Plato, Republic (translation; based on new standard Greek text), Hackett (Indianapolis, IN), 2004.
Love's Confusion, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA), 2005.
(Editor) Plato on Love, Hackett (Indianapolis, IN), 2006.
Contributor to books, including Philosohers on Education, edited by Amélie Rorty, Routledge (London, England), 1998; Method in Ancient Philosophy, edited by Jyl Gentzler, Clarendon Press (Oxford, England), 1998; A Companion to the Philosophers, edited by Robert L. Arrington, Blackwell (Oxford, England), 1999; The Basic Works of Aristotle, edited by Richard McKeon, Random House (New York, NY), 2001; Political Thinkers: A History of Western Political Thought, edited by Paul Kelly and David Boucher, Oxford University Press (Oxford, England), 2002; The Classics of Western Philosophy, edited by Jorge J.E. Garcia, Gregory M. Reichberg, and Bernard M. Schumacher, Blackwell, 2002; A Companion to the Philosophy of Education, edited by Randall R. Curren, Blackwell, 2003; and Socrates: 2,400 Years since His Death, edited by Sôkratês Erôtikos, European Cultural Centre of Delphi, 2004. Contributor of reviews to academic journals, including International Philosophical Quarterly, Ethics, Philosophical Review, and Polis.
WORK IN PROGRESS: An Introductory Reader in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy and several book chapters.
SIDELIGHTS: A specialist in ancient Greek philosophy, C.D.C. Reeve has written and edited numerous books on philosophy. He focuses on the work of Greek philosopher Aristotle in his book Practices of Reason: Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. In the book, Reeve discusses this masterpiece of Greek philosophical writ-ing and sets out to clarify much of its philosophy. Reeve also presents his own view of the work, arguing against the "traditional understanding of Aristotle's view as involving a radical chorismos [or gap] between scientific knowledge and ethical knowledge," as John King-Farlow and Guangwei Ouyang noted in the Review of Metaphysics. As the reviewers went on to comment, "The most novel part of Reeve's book consists of his arguments for similarity between Aristotle's epistemic stands on the sciences and on ethics." In addition, King-Farlow and Ouyang wrote, "Much praise is due. We certainly congratulate Professor Reeve on a striking and distinguished contribution to Aristotelian studies." Marcia L. Homiak, writing in Mind, called the book "interesting and unusual," adding: "Reeve's book will be of interest to anyone who has wrestled with the question of how to integrate Aristotle's views on study with his portrait of the virtuous person as engaged in political life."
Reeve continues to explore Aristotelian philosophy in Substantial Knowledge: Aristotle's Metaphysics. This time the author "pursues a number of notorious problems in Aristotle, including scientific knowledge, essence, substance, God, the science of being qua being, and the historical problem of Aristotelianism," noted Helen S. Lang in the Review of Metaphysics. In the course of his discussion, Reeve explores such issues as Aristotle's rejection of Platonism and the idea of considering his philosophies without the existence of God as part of the analysis. In her review, Lang commented that "the great strength of this study is the clear definition of the Primacy Dilemma and the way in which the complicated (and controversial) details of the search for a solution to it never overwhelm the strong direction imparted to this study by the Dilemma." In addition to his discussion of Aristotle's philosophies, the author provides a list of Aristotle's works and bibliography, an index, and an index locorum.
In Love's Confusion Reeve discusses how philosophers and philosophies examine the difficult aspects of love, such as the conflicts and paradoxes love produces. In his analyses, the author draws from the works of such noted philosophers as Plato, Kant, and Sartre and examines love as presented in numerous literary works, from those of the ancient writer Homer to the modern novels of Iris Murdoch. Among the topics he discuses is the fact that married life often vacillates between boredom and romance. "Reeve … also tries to shed light on the tensions between love and its troubled relatives—anxiety, jealousy, sentimentality, pornography and sadomasochism," wrote a Publishers Weekly contributor, who added that the "discussion" of the subject is "clear."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Boston Globe, February 6, 2005, George Scialabba, review of Love's Confusion.
Mind, January, 1994, Marcia L. Homiak, review of Practices of Reason: Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, p. 105.
Philadelphia Inquirer, July 10, 2005, Carlin Romano, review of Love's Confusion, p. H12.
Publishers Weekly, January 17, 2005, review of Love's Confusion, p. 45.
Review of Metaphysics, September, 1994, John King-Farlow and Guangwei Ouyang, review of Practices of Reason, p. 160; December, 2002, Helen S. Lang, review of Substantial Knowledge: Aristotle's Metaphysics, p. 455.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Department of Philosophy Web site, http://philosophy.unc.edu/ (September 17, 2005), faculty profile of author.