Rachel Barney

Canada Research Chair in Classical Philosophy

University of Toronto

Rachel Barney is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Classical Philosophy, affiliated with both the Classics Department and the Philosophy Department. She was an undergraduate at University of Toronto, and returned after earning a Ph.D. at Princeton and teaching at the University of Ottawa and the University of Chicago. Her research has ranged from the early sophists to the late Neoplatonic commentator Simplicius, but focuses on Plato. Her particular interest is in areas in which questions of ethics, psychology, epistemology, and philosophical method meet, as in Plato's theory of the good.

Her recent publications include “Notes on the Kalon and the Good in Plato,” forthcoming in Classical Philology (Special Issue: Beauty, Harmony and the Good (2010); "Plato on Desire for the Good", forthcoming in S. Tenenbaum (ed.), Desire, Good, and Practical Reason; “Ring-Composition in Plato: the Case of Republic X,” forthcoming in M. McPherran (ed.), Oxford Critical Guide to Plato’s Republic; “Gorgias' Defence: Plato and his Opponents on Rhetoric and the Good,” Southern Journal of Philosophy (2010); “Simplicius: Commentary, Harmony, and Authority,” Antiquorum Philosophia (2009); “Aristotle’s Argument for a Human Function,” Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy (2008); “Eros and Necessity in the Ascent from the Cave,” Ancient Philosophy (2008); and “The Carpenter and the Good”, in D. Cairns, F. G. Herrmann, and T. Penner (eds.),  Pursuing the Good: Ethics and Metaphysics in Plato's Republic (2008). Earlier work includes a book on Plato's Cratylus, Names and Nature in Plato's Cratylus (2001).