Studied philosophy at the University of Liège (Belgium) and classics at the University of Manchester (U.K.). She holds a Licence en Philosophie (Liège), a PGCE (Liège), an MPhil in Classics (Manchester) and a PhD (Liège). She was a post-doc at Yale and has taught in universities in continental Europe (Liège) and the United States (State University of Connecticut and Villanova University). In 1978, after a spell at the University of Lincoln, she joined the staff of the University of Bolton. She currently holds the post of Professor of Ancient Philosophy and is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Manchester. Having early in her career translated Gilbert Ryle’s The Concept of Mind into French and published in the tradition of analytical philosophy, she now concentrates her research on ancient Greek philosophy, specialising in the moral psychology and the poetics of Plato, Aristotle and Plotinus. She has been in receipt of grants from the British Council, the Fulbright Commission, the Hardt Foundation and the AHRC. She is the co-editor of The International Journal of the Platonic Tradition and the Vice-President of the International Society for the Study of Neoplatonism. She served as an advisor on the Philosophy panel at the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. A selection of her publications is listed below, with asterisked items being downloadable from the institutional repository.
Research and Publications
Aristotle's Philosophy of Friendship, State University of New York (SUNY) Press, Ancient Philosophy Series, 1995.
- Ancient and Medieval concepts of Friendship, (with G. Gurtler, S.J.), State University of New York Press, 2014.
- Reading Ancient Texts. Volume I: Presocratics and Plato. Essays in Honour of Denis O’Brien, (with K. Corrigan), Brill, 2007;
- Reading Ancient Texts. Volume II: Aristotle and Neoplatonism. Essays in Honour of Denis O’Brien, (with K. Corrigan), Brill, 2007;
- Europe: Concepts and Realities, (with M.T. Lunati), Edwin Mellen Press, 2000;
- Culture and Identity: Selected Aspects and Approaches, (with R. Whitehouse et T. Rachwal), University of Silesia Press, Katowice, 1996.
Articles/Book Chapters/Review articles
- ‘The Problem of Consciousness in Plotinus’, in Consciousness and the Great Philosophers, ed. by Leach, S and Tartaglia J., Oxford University Press Forthcoming, 2016.
- ‘Homoiōsis Theōi in Plato and in Plotinus’ in J. Finamore and S. Wear (edd.), Defining Platonism: Essays on Plato, Middle and Neoplatonism, and Modern Platonism. Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2016.
- ‘An Avuncular Socrates? Comment on Schultz’ ‘Socrates on Socrates: Looking Back to Bring Philosophy Forward’, Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, vol. XXX. G. Gurtler and W. Wians (edd.). 2015, pp 142-158. *
- ‘Plotinus on Metaphysics and Morality’, in P. Remes and S. Slaveva-Griffin (edd.), A Handbook of Platonism, Routledge, 2014, pp 396-421.
- ‘Hesiod’s Proem and Plato’s Ion’, The Classical Quarterly, May 2014, pp 25-42. *
- ‘Souls Great and Small: Aristotle on self-knowledge, friendship and civic engagement’, in Stern-Gillet S. and Gurtler G. and (edd.), Ancient and Medieval Concepts of Friendship, SUNY Press, 2014, pp. IX-XVI and 51-87.
- ‘When Virtue Bids Us Abandon Life (Ennead VI 8  6, 14-26)’, in F. Karfik and E. Sung (edd.), Plato Revived. Essays in Honour of Dominic O’Meara, Walter de Gruyter, 2013, pp 182-199.
- ‘Proclus and the Platonic Muse’, Ancient Philosophy, 31 (2011), pp 363-380.
- ‘Divine Inspiration Transformed: from Hesiod to Ficino’, in K. Corrigan, J. Turner, P. Wakefield (edd.), Religion and Philosophy in the Platonic and Neoplatonic Traditions: from Antiquity to the Early Medieval Period, Academia Verlag, 2012, pp 1-19.
- ‘Virtues of Self-Knowledge: Aristotle, Augustine and Siger of Brabant’, in K. Corrigan and J. Turner (edd.), Religion and Philosophy in the Platonic and Neoplatonic Traditions: from Antiquity to the Early Medieval Period, Academia Verlag, 2012, pp 295-323.
- Critical Study of G.R. Boys-Stones and J.H. Haubold (edd.), Plato and Hesiod, Oxford University Press, 2010, in The International Journal of the Platonic Tradition, vol 4, no 2, 2010.
- Critical Study of A. Rijksbaron, Plato Ion Or: On the Iliad, Leiden and Boston, Brill, 2007, in The International Journal of the Platonic Tradition, volume 3, no 2, 2009.
- ‘Dual Selfhood and Self-Perfection in Plotinus Enneads’, Epoché, Vol. 13, Issue 2, Spring 2009, pp 331-345. *
- A revised and enlarged version of ‘Poets and Other Makers: Agathon’s Speech in Context’ (no. 7 below), Dionysius, Vol. XXVI, Dec. 2008, 9-28.
- ‘Socrates Redivivus’. Critical Study of Socrates Remembered: Philosophical Essays, edd. L. Judson and V. Karasmanis, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 2006, in The Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 58, number 230, January 2008.
- ‘Augustine and the Philosophical Foundations of Sincerity’, in S. Stern-Gillet and K. Corrigan (edd.), Reading Ancient Texts. Volume II: Aristotle and Neoplatonism, Brill 2007.
- ‘Consciousness and Introspection in Plotinus and Augustine’, Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy 2006, J. Cleary and G. Gurtler (edd.), Brill, 2007. Pp 145-175. *
- ‘Des Deux Concepts du « Soi » chez Aristote’, in E. Vegleris (ed.), Cosmos et Psyche : Mélanges Offerts à Jean Frère, Georg Olms Verlag, 2005.
- 'On (Mis)interpreting Plato’s Ion', Phronesis, vol. 49, no 2, 2004. *
- 'Logos Théorétique et Logos Pratique: Remarques sur la conception aristotélicienne de la sagesse', in M. Fattal (ed.), Logos et Langage chez Plotin et avant Plotin, Paris, Editions l'Harmattan, 2003.
- ‘Ancient Philosophy: from Thales to Aristotle’, in J. Shand (ed.), Fundamentals of Philosophy, Routledge, 2003.
- ‘Philosophy and the Mature Student: the U.K. Experience’, in J. Ferrari, P. Kemp, D. Evans and N. Robinet-Bruyère (eds.), Socrate Pour Tous. Socrates For Everybody. Teaching Philosophy to Non Philosophers, Paris, Vrin, 2003.
- Collaborator responsible for the edition of Bergson’s correspondence in English for Bergson, Correspondances, under the general editorship of A. Robinet, Presses Universitaires de France, 2002.
- ‘Exile, Displacement and Barbarity in Euripides’ Iphigenia Among the Taurians’, Scholia, NS Vol. 10 / 2001.
- ‘Art as Error: Collingwood’s Early Reading of Plato’, The British Journal of Aesthetics, vol. 40, no 2, April 2000.
- ‘Le Principe du Beau chez Plotin: Réflexions sur Enneas VI.7.32 et 33’, Phronesis, vol. XLV, no. 1, 2000.
- ‘Singularité et Ressemblance: le Portrait Refusé’, in M. Fattal (ed.), Etudes sur Plotin, Editions l’Harmattan, Paris, 2000.
- ‘Europe: a multi-faceted concept’, in S. Stern-Gillet and T. Lunati (eds.), Europe: Concepts and Realities, Edwin Mellen Press, 2000.