David Riesbeck

  • Riesbeck
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
322 Rayzor Hall
Research and Teaching: 

Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and intellectual history; Greek ethical and political thought; Greek and Latin language

My principal interests are in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and intellectual history, particularly in the closely connected areas of Greek ethics, politics, and psychology. I have recently completed a book about Aristotle's theory of the nature and value of political community, and I also have active interests in Plato and Xenophon, the Sophists and their heirs, and Hellenistic and Roman philosophy. Most of my thinking hovers around questions about how people live together for better and worse, and about the different sorts of value to be found in various kinds of relations. For a number of reasons, I think the Greek philosophical tradition and the intellectual culture out of which it grew are distinctively rich resources for exploring these and many other philosophical issues. 

I received my Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, where I was a member of the Joint Classics and Philosophy Program in Ancient Philosophy. Before coming to Rice I taught for two years at Dartmouth College. When reading Greek or puzzling over a philosophical problem, I often enjoy the companionship of my Boston Terrier, Kingsley.

Selected Publications: 
  • Aristotle on Political Community (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2016).
  • "The Unity of Aristotle's Theory of Constitutions," forthcoming in Apeiron 48 (2015).
  • "Aristotle on the Politics of Marriage: Marital Rule in the Politics,” Classical Quarterly 65/1 (2015), 134-52.
  • "Nature, Normativity, and Nomos in Antiphon, fr. 44", Phoenix 65/3-4 (2011), 268-87.