Colin Guthrie King

Associate Professor

Contact Information:


St. Catherine of Siena Hall 132


Ph.D. - Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin

Brief Biography:

I studied philosophy, astronomy and German at Colgate University, then Greek philology, political theory and philosophy in Freiburg, Bonn, Lille, and Berlin. I completed my PhD at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2009. I teach topics ranging from ancient philosophy to logic and contemporary analytic metaphysics at Providence College, where I also supervise several independent student research projects (and am open to supervising more).

Area(s) of Expertise:

Ancient philosophy and science (particularly Plato, Aristotle, and the Peripatos), logic, metaphysics, ethics and theories of ethics, theory of voting.

Awards and Honors:

Fellowship Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin, Germany)

Visiting Associate Professor Brown University, Department of Philosophy

Visiting Scholar Brown University, Department of Philosophy

Fellowship Loeb Classical Library Foundation, Harvard University

KOSMOS Grant Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin

Selected Publications:

King, C. (2015) »Aristotle after Austin«. Antiquorum Philosophia.(Vol. 8), 9-31.

King, C. (2013) In Sabine Seifert, Christiane Hackel (Ed.), »Die Achsendrehung der Erde bei Platon? August Boeckh und ein philologischer Streit um die Geschichte der antiken Astronomie«. Berlin:

King, C. (2013) »False ἔνδοξα and fallacious argumentation«. Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy .(15), 185–199.

Selected Presentations:

King, C. Aristotle's Posterior Analytics, Book II. Southeastern European Association for Ancient Philosophy, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic - "Aristotle, Posterior Analytics 2.10 (93b29–94a19), in context" September, 2017

King, C. Philosophy in its beginnings : On the Conceptualisation, Criticism, and Justification of Philosophy in Antiquity. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany - "Accepted norms and ethical argumentation in the 5th Century BCE" July, 2017

King, C. Aristotle's Topics II–VII. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany - "The theory and TOPOI of the same and different, with a view to their application to refuting and establishing definitions " July, 2017

King, C. Classics Seminar. , Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford - "Δόξαι and ἔνδοξα: Authority and communities of knowledge in Aristotle" October, 2016

King, C. Munich School for Ancient Philosophy. , Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München - "The argumentative functions of ἔνδοξα in Nicomachean Ethics 7.1" October, 2016

King, C. Nicomachean Ethics V.1–5. Charles University, Prague - "Nicomachean Ethics V.5, 1133a18–b28" September, 2016

King, C. MANCEPT conference in political theory, section: Electoral reform and political theory. University of Manchester, Manchester, UK - "Truth in voting and fair representation" September, 2016

King, C. Argumentation in Classical Antiquity: dialectic, rhetoric, and other domains. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany - "Argumentation from acceptable premisses in 5th Century ethics" June, 2016

King, C. Ancient knowledge in the modern university. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin/Princeton University, Berlin, Germany - "Aristotle’s Categories in the 19th Century" March, 2015

King, C. Workshop on Liberality & Magnanimity. Université de Louvain, Louvain-la-neuve, Belgium - "Liberality and the lack of it" December, 2014

King, C. New York Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy. , New York, NY - "22 refutations (more or less) from Plato's Euthydemos" November, 2014

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