Giovanni R. F. (John) Ferrari
Melpomene Distinguished Professor of Classical Languages and Literature, Professor of Ancient Greek & Roman Studies
Within the field of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, I gravitate toward ethics/politics and aesthetics. Three of my books have been devoted to Plato's Republic (a monograph; an edited collection; and a translation for which I served as editor). In ancient aesthetics Plato's critique of "the poets," Plato's own literary artistry, and Aristotle's Poetics have been abiding concerns. I also maintain an independent interest in modern philosophical aesthetics. In this area, I have published a monograph on social communication and storytelling and an article on the philosophy of gardens. My current project is a book-length study of "Plato the Writer" — the title of an existing article of mine that amounts to a manifesto for the larger project.
City and Soul in Plato's Republic. Lecturae Platonis. Sankt Augustin: Academia Verlag. 2003. 123 pp. (Hardback.) Paperback reprint, Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2005
The Messages We Send: Social Signals and Storytelling. Oxford. Oxford University Press. 2017
"The Three-Part Soul": 165-201 in G.R.F. Ferrari, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Plato's Republic. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2007.
"The Meaninglessness of Gardens," Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 68.1 (2010): 33-45.
"Plato the Writer," Epoché 19.2 (2015): 191-203.
"Aristotle on Musical Catharsis and the Pleasure of a Good Story," Phronesis 64 (2019): 117-71.