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Gabriel Richardson Lear Office: Foster 308 Phone: (773) 702-5078 Email
Chair of the Committee on Social Thought, Professor of Philosophy and in the Committee on Social Thought


Department of Philosophy 
1115 E. 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637


Gabriel Richardson Lear works on ancient Greek and Roman philosophy. Her first book, Happy Lives and the Highest Good: An Essay on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics (Princeton, 2004), is about the relationship between morally virtuous action and theoretical contemplation in the happiest life. She continues to publish on aspects of Aristotle’s ethics. In addition, she has published a series of articles about Plato's aesthetics and about the status of beauty as an ethical concept. She co-edited Plato’s Philebus: A Philosophical Discussion (Oxford, 2019), which was the inaugural publication of the international Plato Dialogue Project. She received her PhD in Philosophy from Princeton University (2001).



2019: Plato’s Philebus: A Philosophical Discussion, P. Dimas, R. Jones, and G. Lear (eds.), Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

2004: Happy Lives and the Highest Good: An Essay on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, Princeton University Press. (Paperback 2005).


2021 : Ancient Greece Declassified, hosted by Vanya (Jack) Visnjic (episode about Plato’s Republic VI), https://www.greecepodcast.com/plato-republic-the-good-gabriel-lear/

2020: Five Questions, hosted by Kieran Setiya, https://anchor.fm/kieran-setiya/episodes/Gabriel-Richardson-Lear-egga8r/a-a2lhhq2

2017: “Myrmecology as a Humanistic Discipline” The Daily Ant, https://dailyant.com/2017/08/11/philosophy-phriday-myrmecology-as-a-humanistic-discipline/

2009: Elucidations, hosted by Matt Teichman, https://shows.acast.com/elucidations/episodes/57b49a2f0b5f3f772a76009e