Congratulations to Matthew Shelton

Congratulations to Matthew Shelton, who has successfully passed his PhD! Matthew’s thesis (Madness in Socratic Philosophy: Xenophon, Plato and Epictetus) is about representations of madness in Greek philosophy. He focuses on the relationship between philosophical and non-philosophical conceptions of madness, and argues that rhetorical and moralizing discussions of madness by philosophers respond to and are constrained by what the philosophers present as popular views of mental abnormality. His study establishes that this dialogue with non-philosophers plays a crucial role in informing philosophical writing on madness, from fourth-century Socratic dialogues to Hellenistic Stoicism and Epictetus’ Socratic-Stoic ethics.

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