Experts in: Socrates
- Greek philosophy
- History of ancient philosophy
- Greco-Roman antiquity
My current research falls into 3 main domains:
- Socrates and the Socratic writings of Xenophon. Following the publication of the 3-volume Mémorables in the Collection des Universités de France (2000-2011), I have been continuing my research into the Socratic writings of Xenophon and also working on several studies dealing with other works by Xenophon, in particular Hiero.
- Dialectic and refutation. Building on my annotated translation of Aristotle's Sophistical refutations (1995), I have been continuing my research into dialectic and the practice of refutation (elenchos) by Plato, Xenophon, Aristotle and later authors, in particular Proclus and Clement of Alexandria. Soon I intend to combine in one volume all the articles I have written on Dialectic and refutation since 1990. I am also preparing a new edition of the Greek text of Aristotle's Sophistical refutations for the Collection des Universités de France.
- The ideal of self-sufficiency (autarkeia) in Greek philosophy. Although the concept of self-sufficiency (autarkeia) holds a central place in the ethical, political, theological and metaphysical reflection of Greek philosophers, to date it has not received all the attention it deserves. I will soon be completing a book dealing with the ideal of autarky as seen by Socrates and the Cynics. The purpose of the book is to re-examine the relationship between Socrates and the Cynics, taking as a central theme the conception of autarky by Plato's Socrates, Xenophon's Socrates, and the Cynics.