Richard Ellis

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My research focuses upon the intersections between philosophy and literature, charting the evolution of ideas across genres and cultures. My PhD was completed under the direction of Thomas Habinek at USC and explored the figure of the playing child in the work of the 6th century BCE ‘PreSocratic’ philosopher Heraclitus. I am currently revising this dissertation into a trans-historical study of the role of the child in philosophical and literary thought that will range from the ancient Greek world to 20th century Weimar Germany. A second project in which I am involved concerns the 17th century British philosopher John Locke and his Disputations on the Law of Nature. Together with Dr Hannah Dawson of the New Institute of the Humanities in London, I am co-editing a new Clarendon edition for Oxford University Press.

I began lecturing in the UCLA department of Classics in the winter quarter of 2014. I have taught lecture courses on Discovering the Greeks (Classics 10) and Ancient Athletics (Classics 165), along with Latin and Greek reading classes.