Dr. Alex Priou
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D., Tulane University
M.A., St. John's
B.A., University of Connecticut
Office: OMA 317Email Dr. Priou
Office hours: Mon. & Wed. 4-5 p.m. and Tues. & Thu. 3-4 p.m. (also by appointment)
Dr. Priou's research is in the field of Ancient Philosophy, specializing in Pre-Socratic thought and Plato, but he teaches across the history of philosophy. He received his PhD and MA in Philosophy from Tulane University in 2014, and also has an MA in Liberal Arts from St. John's College, Annapolis and a BA in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. His research concerns the influence of Pre-Socratic poetry and philosophy on the origin and character of Socratic philosophy. Specifically, he is interested in how the early Greek conception of divine providence set the stage for the emergence of Greek Philosophy. He maintains that, through a careful reading of the sources-Homer's Iliad; Hesiod's Theogony, Catalogue of Women, and Works and Days; the fragments of Heraclitus, Parmenides, and other early philosophers; and most importantly the dialogues of Plato-one encounters the paradoxical phenomenon of a particular people-the Ancient Greeks-who uncovered something of universal importance-the life to devoted to rational inquiry.
His published work on this theme includes essays on Parmenides, Hesiod, Milesian cosmology, Plato's Euthyphro, and Plato's Theaetetus for journals like Epoché, The Review of Metaphysics, POLIS, and more. He is also the author of essays on Homer's Iliad, Plato's Sophist, Plato's Minos, and Plato's Cleitophon. His book manuscript on Plato's Parmenides is currently under review. For more information on Dr. Priou's research, please visit www.alexpriou.com and https://kutztown.academia.edu/AlexPriou, where pdfs of some of his work can be found.