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Dr Sean McConnell (Senior Lecturer)

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Office: 5N3, Arts Building
Tel: 64 3 479 8659
Email: sean.mcconnell@otago.ac.nz

Academic Qualifications

2010: PhD, University of Cambridge
2007: MPhil, University of Cambridge
2005: BA (Hons), University of Otago

Background and Research Interests

Sean completed first his MPhil and then his PhD at the University of Cambridge. Recently, he has taught philosophy at the University of East Anglia. His current research focuses on ancient philosophy, in particular Graeco-Roman philosophy in the first century BC and the interface of philosophy and politics at Rome during the decline and fall of the Roman republic. A major interest is how ethical and political theory, appropriated from the Greek philosophical tradition, is put into practice and developed by figures such as Lucretius, Cato, Varro, and Cicero in the light of Roman cultural and socio-political circumstances.

Teaching

Areas of Research Supervision

Cicero
• Classical philosophy
• Lucretius
• Plato

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Publications

McConnell, S. (2014). Philosophical life in Cicero's letters. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 260p.

McConnell, S. (2019). Why is Latin spectrum a bad translation of Epicurus’ ΕΙΔΩΛΟΝ? Cicero and Cassius on a point of philosophical translation. Mnemosyne, 72, 154-162.

McConnell, S. (2018). Lucretius on the nature of parental love. Antichthon, 52, 72-89. doi: 10.1017/ann.2018.1

McConnell, S. (2017). Magnitudo animi and cosmic politics in Cicero's De re publica. Classical Journal, 113(1), 45-70. doi: 10.5184/classicalj.113.1.0045

McConnell, S. (2017). Demetrius of Laconia and the debate between the Stoics and the Epicureans on the nature of parental love. Classical Quarterly, 67(1), 149-162. doi: 10.1017/S0009838817000313

Authored Book - Research

McConnell, S. (2014). Philosophical life in Cicero's letters. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 260p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

McConnell, S. (2012). Cicero and Dicaearchus. In B. Inwood (Ed.), Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy (Vol. XLII). (pp. 307-349). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644384.003.0008

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Journal - Research Article

McConnell, S. (2019). Why is Latin spectrum a bad translation of Epicurus’ ΕΙΔΩΛΟΝ? Cicero and Cassius on a point of philosophical translation. Mnemosyne, 72, 154-162.

McConnell, S. (2018). Lucretius on the nature of parental love. Antichthon, 52, 72-89. doi: 10.1017/ann.2018.1

McConnell, S. (2017). The Epicurean virtue of μεγαλοψυχία. Classical Philology, 112, 175-199. doi: 10.1086/691539

McConnell, S. (2017). Magnitudo animi and cosmic politics in Cicero's De re publica. Classical Journal, 113(1), 45-70. doi: 10.5184/classicalj.113.1.0045

McConnell, S. (2017). Demetrius of Laconia and the debate between the Stoics and the Epicureans on the nature of parental love. Classical Quarterly, 67(1), 149-162. doi: 10.1017/S0009838817000313

McConnell, S. (2015). Epicurean education and the rhetoric of concern. Acta Classica, LVIII, 111-145. doi: 10.15731/AClass.058.05

McConnell, S. (2015). Plato’s critique of Antisthenes on pleasure and the good life (Philebus 44a–53c). Ancient Philosophy, 35(2), 329-349. doi: 10.5840/ancientphil201535225

McConnell, S. (2012). Lucretius and civil strife. Phoenix, 66(1/2), 97-121. doi: 10.7834/phoenix.66.1-2.0097

McConnell, S. (2010). Epicureans on kingship. Cambridge Classical Journal, 56, 178-198. doi: 10.1017/S1750270500000312

McConnell, S. (2008). How Kant might explain ugliness. British Journal of Aesthetics, 48(2), 205-228. doi: 10.1093/aesthj/ayn006

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