Vasilis Politis
Associate Professor, Philosophy

Biography

Dr Vasilis Politis has been teaching in the Department of Philosophy since 1992 (permanent since 1997). He is also director of the Dublin Centre for the Study of the Platonic Tradition. He obtained his B.A., B.Phil and D.Phil from Oxford.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Vasilis POLITIS and Peter LARSEN, The Platonic Mind, Routledge, 2018 Book, 2018

'Definition' in, editor(s)Vasilis POLITIS and Peter LARSEN , The Platonic Mind, Routledge, Routledge, 2018, [Vasilis POLITIS] Book Chapter, 2018

'Introduction' in, editor(s)Vasilis POLITIS and Peter LARSEN , The Platonic Mind, Routledge, 2018, [Vasilis POLITIS] Book Chapter, 2018

'The concept of ousia in Metaphysics Alpha, Beta and Gamma' in, editor(s)Ronald POLANSKY and William WIANS , READING ARISTOTLE, Leiden, Brill, 2017, pp256 - 275, [Vasilis POLITIS and Jun SU] Book Chapter, 2017

Vasilis POLITIS, The Routledge Guidebook to Aristotle's Metaphysics , Routledge, 2017 Book, 2017

Vasilis POLITIS and Philipp STEINKRUEGER, 'Aristotle's second problem about the possibility of a science of being qua being: a reconsideration of Metaphysics Gamma 2', Ancient Philosophy, 37, 2017, p1-31 Journal Article, 2017

Vasilis POLITIS, The Structure of Enquiry in Plato's Early Dialogues CHINA EDITION Peking University Press, in collaboration with Cambridge University Press, 2017, ISBN (of the China Edition)-13: 9781107068117 , Beijing, Peking University Press, 2017 Book, 2017

'Introduction' in, editor(s)Vasilis POLITIS and George KARAMANOLIS , The Aporetic Tradition in Ancient Philosophy, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2016, [Vasilis POLITIS and George KARAMANOLIS] Book Chapter, 2016

Vasilis Politis, How Good is that thing called Love? The Volatility of Eros in Plato's Symposium, Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, 31, (2014-2015), 2016, p1 - 34 Journal Article, 2016

Vasilis POLITIS, Plato's Sophist and the distinction between the question 'What is there?' and the question 'What is being?', PHILOSOPHICAL INQUIRY, 2016 Journal Article, 2016

Vasilis POLITIS, 'Plato's Ontology', China Scholarship (中国学术), 38, 2016, p000 - 000 Journal Article, 2016

Vasilis POLITIS and George KARAMANOLIS, The Aporetic Tradition in Ancient Philosophy, 2016 Book, 2016

Aporia and Scepticism in Plato's Early Dialogues in, editor(s)Vasilis POLITIS and George KARAMANOLIS , The Aporetic Tradition in Ancient Philosophy, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2016, [Vasilis POLITIS] Book Chapter, 2016

'The Ontology of Plato and Aristotle' in, editor(s)George Karamanolis , Companion to Ancient Philosophy, Crete, Greece, Panepistimiakes Ekdoseis Kritis, 2016, pp000 - 000, [Vasilis poLITIS] Book Chapter, 2016

Vasilis POLITIS, The Structure of Enquiry in Plato's Early Dialogues, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 1 - 100pp Book, 2015

Politis, V., The structure of enquiry in Plato's early dialogues, The Structure of Enquiry in Plato's Early Dialogues, 2015, p1-255 Journal Article, 2015

Vasilis Politis & Jun Su, The Activity of Being, Metascience, 2014 Review Article, 2014

Vasilis POLITIS, Aristotel in metafizika (Aristotle and the Metaphysics) SLOVENE EDITION , Maribor, Zalo ba Aristej/Zbirke Dialogi, 2013 Book, 2013

'What is behind the ti esti question?' in, editor(s)Jakob Leth Fink , The Development of Dialectic from Plato to Aristotle', Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012, pp199 - 223, [Vasilis Politis] Book Chapter, 2012

Politis, V., What do the arguments in the protagoras amount to?, Phronesis, 57, (3), 2012, p209-239 Journal Article, 2012

Vasilis Politis, 'What do the Arguments in the Protagoras amount to?', Phronesis, 57, (3), 2012, p1 - 31 Journal Article, 2012

'Explanation and Essence in Plato's Phaedo' in, D. Charles , Definition in Greek Philosophy, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2010, pp62 - 114, [Dr. Vasilis POLITIS] Book Chapter, 2010

Politis, V., Explanation and Essence in Plato's Phaedo, Definition in Greek Philosophy, 2010 Journal Article, 2010

Politis, V., What is behind the ti esti question?, The Development of Dialectic from Plato to Aristotle, 2010, p199-223 Journal Article, 2010

Vasilis POLITIS, Aristotle and the Metaphysics TAIWAN CHINA EDITION , TAIWAN CHINA EDITION, Taiwan, Wu-Nan Book Co. Ltd., 2009 Book, 2009

Dr Vasilis Politis, 'The Place of Aporia in Plato's Charmides', Phronesis, 53, (1), 2008, p1 - 34 Journal Article, 2008

Politis, V., The Place of aporia in Plato's Charmides, Phronesis, 53, (1), 2008, p1-34 Journal Article, 2008

'Invoking the Greeks on the Relation between Thought and Reality: Trendelenburg's Aristotle, Natorp's Plato' in, editor(s)A. Chignell , Classical Neokantianism, London, Blackwell, 2008, [Dr. Vasilis Politis] Book Chapter, 2008

Politis, V., Invoking the Greeks on the relation between thought and reality: Trendelenburg's Aristotle - Natorp's plato, Philosophical Forum, 39, (2), 2008, p191-222 Journal Article, 2008

Politis, V., The aporia in the charmides about reflexive knowledge and the contribution to its solution in the sun analogy of the Republic, Pursuing the Good: Ethics and Metaphysics in Plato's Republic, 2007, p231-250 Journal Article, 2007

'Is Socrates paralyzed by his state of aporia? (Meno 79e7-80d4)' in, M. Erler and L. Brisson , Plato. Gorgias-Meno, Sankt Augustin, Academia Verlag, 2007, [Dr. Vasilis POLITIS] Book Chapter, 2007

'The Aporia in the Charmides about Reflexive Knowledge and the Contribution to its Solution in the Sun Analogy of the Republic' in, D. Cairns, F.-G. Herrmann, T. Penner , Pursuing the Good, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2007, pp231 - 250, [Dr. Vasilis POLITIS] Book Chapter, 2007

'The argument for the reality of change and changelessness in Plato's Sophist (248e7-249d5)' in, F.-G. Herrmann , New Essays on Plato, Classical Press of Wales, 2006, pp149 - 175, [Dr. Vasilis POLITIS] Book Chapter, 2006

Politis, V., The aporia in the charmides about reflexive knowledge and the contribution to its solution in the sun analogy of the Republic, Pursuing the Good: Ethics and Metaphysics in Plato's Republic, 2006, p231-250 Journal Article, 2006

'Non-Subjective Idealism in Plato (Sophist 248e-249d)' in, S. Gersh and D. Moran , Eriugena, Berkeley, and the Idealist Tradition, Notre Dame University Press, 2006, pp14 - 38, [Dr. Vasilis POLITIS] Book Chapter, 2006

'Aporia and searching in the early Plato' in, L. Judson and V. Karasmanis , Remembering Socrates. Philosophical Essays, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2006, pp88 - 109, [Dr. Vasilis POLITIS] Book Chapter, 2006

Dr. Vasilis POLITIS, 'What enables us to search for the essence of things?', International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 13, 2005, p245 - 269 Journal Article, 2005

Dr. Vasilis POLITIS, Paul Natorp. Plato's Theory of Ideas, Sankt Augustin, Academia Verlag, 2004, 9 - 483pp Book, 2004

Dr. Vasilis POLITIS, Aristotle and the Metaphysics, London and New York, Routledge, 2004, 1 - 344pp Book, 2004

Dr. Vasilis POLITIS, 'Aristotle on aporia and searching in metaphysics', Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, XVIII, 2002, p145 - 182 Journal Article, 2002

Politis, V., Aristotle's account of the intellect as pure capacity, Ancient Philosophy, 21, (2), 2001, p375-402 Journal Article, 2001

Dr. Vasilis POLITIS, 'Anti-realist interpretations of Plato: Paul Natorp', International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 9, 2001, p47 - 62 Journal Article, 2001

Politis, V., Anti-realist interpretations of plato: Paul Natorp, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 9, (1), 2001, p47-62 Journal Article, 2001

Dr. Vasilis POLITIS, 'Aristotle's account of the intellect as pure capacity', Ancient Philosophy, 21, 2001, p375 - 402 Journal Article, 2001

Politis, V., Aristotle's advocacy of non-productive action, Ancient Philosophy, 18, (2), 1998, p353-379 Journal Article, 1998

Dr. Vasilis POLITIS, 'Aristotle's Advocacy of Non-Productive Action', Ancient Philosophy, 18, 1998, p353 - 379 Journal Article, 1998

Dr. Vasilis POLITIS, 'Reasons and Values', International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 5, 1997, p425 - 448 Journal Article, 1997

Dr. Vasilis POLITIS, The Apriority of the Starting-Point of Kant's Transcendental Epistemology', International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 5, 1997, p255 - 284 Journal Article, 1997

Politis, V., The apriority of the starting-point of Kant's transcendental epistemology, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 5, (2), 1997, p255-284 Journal Article, 1997

Dr. Vasilis POLITIS, 'The Primacy of Self-Love in the Nicomachean Ethics', Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, IX, 1993, p153 - 174 Journal Article, 1993

Gordon BAKER and Vasilis POLITIS, The Voices of Wittgenstein, Routledge, 1993, 1 - 584pp Book, 1993

Dr. Vasilis POLITIS (editor and translator), Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, London, Everyman, 1993, 555pp Book, 1993

Research Expertise

Description

Ancient Philosophy, especially Plato and Aristotle (all areas, esp. metaphysics, epistemology and ethics). Ancient Scepticism. Aporia and its place in inquiry, in Plato, Aristotle and ancient scepticism. Contemporary modern metaphysics: essence.

Projects

  • Title
    • Plato's Master Argument for Forms
  • Summary
    • Following a number of articles on the place of aporia in Plato's early dialogues, and with the recent publication of The Structure of Enquiry in Plato's Early Dialogues, a very major research project has been brought to a successful conclusion. Now is a good moment to look forward with a view to the next project. This project emerges directly out of the previous, and from The Structure of Enquiry. My aim is to address, in a new way and from a new angle, the question of the origin of Plato's theory of Forms; and to do so based on the conclusions at which I arrived in my recent book, especially regarding the role that a specific kind of aporia, which I label radical aporia, occupies in Plato's method of argument and enquiry. The central question of the project is: In what way, and based on what reasoning, did Plato arrive at the commitment not only to definitions and essences, but to Forms and the division of all things into, on the one hand, changeless, imperceptible Forms and, on the other-hand, sense-perceptible things subject to physical change? I believe this project has the potential of transforming the current state of the art (the Forschungsstand) with regard to the question of the character and origin of Plato's theory of Forms. Both traditionally and today, there are two categories of views regarding this question. On the one view, commonly referred to as 'unitarianism', the theory of Forms is present already in Plato's early dialogues. On the other view, this being the Aristotelian style view indicated above, the theory is derived by Plato from two distinct and independent elements, only one of which is present in the early dialogues. I argue against both views. The Aristotelian style view is problematic because, as I will argue, it implies that Plato does not have a non-question-begging reasoning for Forms. The unitarian view is equally, if not more, problematic, I believe. For it leaves Plato without an attempt to argue for Forms.
  • Funding Agency
    • TCD
  • Date From
    • July 2016
  • Date To
    • Sept 2017
  • Title
    • Aporia, the Search for Knowledge, and the Demand for Definitions in the Early Platonic Dialogues
  • Summary
    • The aim of this project is to establish the function of aporia in Plato's early dialogues and to show that this is crucial for our understanding of, first, the method and structure of Plato's arguments and inquiries, and, second, Plato's demand for definitions and the view that knowledge requires knowledge of definitions. This project is now at a stage of completion, with several articles and a major book.
  • Funding Agency
    • IRC. Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.
  • Date From
    • 2005
  • Date To
    • 2014
  • Title
    • The Aporetic Tradition in Ancient Philosophy
  • Summary
    • This project studies the role of aporia in ancient philosophy, from the Eleatics and sophists, through Plato and Aristotle, to later scepticism (both Academic and Pyrrhonian) and up to Plotinus and Damascius. The project is a joint undertaking of Vasilis Politis and George Karamanolis (Vienna). It brings together a team of fourteen international experts. It will issues in a volume of papers to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.
  • Date From
    • 2014
  • Date To
    • 216

Keywords

Ancient Philosophy, esp. Plato and Aristotle.; Ancient Scepticism.; Essence, explanation, and universals.

Recognition

Representations

Head of Department, Philosophy.

Fellow of Trinity College Dublin.

Secretary to the Fellows.

Member of the Fellows Standing Committee.

Chair of the Committee for Philosophy, Royal Irish Academy.

Director of the Dublin Centre for the Study of the Platonic Tradition

Awards and Honours

Award from the College Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund. 2006

Election to Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. 2005

Award from the College Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund. 2004

Award from the College Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund. 2003

Government of Ireland Fellowship 2007-08

Award from the College Association and Trust. 2003

Grant from the College Programme for Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies. 2002

Award from the College Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund. 2007

Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin 2009-10

Award from the College Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund. 2014

Memberships

Member of the International Plato Society.

Member of the European Society for Ancient Philosophy.

Member of the Irish Philosophical Club.