Alexander Nehamas

Philosopher, Academic

1946 –

73

Who is Alexander Nehamas?

Alexander Nehamas is Professor of Philosophy and Edmund N. Carpenter, II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He works on Greek philosophy, aesthetics, Friedrich Nietzsche, Michel Foucault, and literary theory.

He was born in Athens, Greece in 1946. In 1964, he enrolled to Swarthmore College. He graduated in 1967 and completed his doctorate on Predication in Plato's Phaedo under the direction of Gregory Vlastos at Princeton in 1971. He taught at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pennsylvania before joining the Princeton faculty in 1990.

His early work was on Platonic metaphysics and aesthetics as well as the philosophy of Socrates, but he gained a wider audience with his 1985 book Nietzsche: Life as Literature, in which he argued that Nietzsche thought of life and the world on the model of a literary text. Nehamas has said, "The virtues of life are comparable to the virtues of good writing—style, connectedness, grace, elegance—and also, we must not forget, sometimes getting it right."

We need you!

Help us build the largest biographies collection on the web!

Born
Mar 22, 1946
Athens
Nationality
  • Spain
Profession
Education
  • Swarthmore College
  • PhD, Princeton University
    Philosophy
    ( - 1971)
Employment
  • Princeton University
Lived in
  • Princeton
    (1990 - )

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

Citation

Use the citation below to add to a bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"Alexander Nehamas." Biographies.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 29 Nov. 2022. <https://www.biographies.net/people/en/alexander_nehamas>.

Discuss this Alexander Nehamas biography with the community:

0 Comments

    Browse Biographies.net