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Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

243 Sparks Building University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-1607


  1. Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2008
  2. B.A., Dartmouth College, 2002


Christopher Moore, a specialist in ancient Greek philosophy, studies the intellectual disciplines of the Socratic circle, Plato's literary art (especially structures of argument and poetic citation), and the early history of moral terminology. He has particular interests in the themes of self-knowledge and persuasion, and in reconstructing Socrates' commitment to (self-) examination as a way to becoming a better person. He regularly teaches Greek prose and ancient philosophy, and courses in moral, social, and political philosophy in the philosophy department.


Socrates and Self-Knowledge (Cambridge, 2015)
“‘Philosophy’ in Plato’s Phaedrus,” Plato Journal 15 (2016), 59-80
“Spartan philosophy and Sage wisdom in Plato’s Protagoras”, Epoché 20:2 (2016), 281-305
Promêtheia ("forethought”) until Plato,” American Journal of Philology 136 (2015), 381-420
"Socrates and Self-knowledge in Aristophanes' Clouds," Classical Quarterly 65:2 (2015), 534-551
“Socratic Self-knowledge in Xenophon's Mem. 4.2,” Classical Journal 110:4 (2015), 397-414
"How to 'Know Thyself' in Plato's Phaedrus," Apeiron 47:3 (2014), 390-418
“Pindar’s Charioteer in Plato’s Phaedrus,” Classical Quarterly 62:2 (2014), 525-532
“Chaerephon the Socratic,” Phoenix 67:3/4 (2014), 284-300
"Arguing about the Immortality of the Soul in the Palinode of Plato's Phaedrus," Philosophy & Rhetoric 47:2 (2014), 179-208
“Deception and Knowledge in the Phaedrus,” Ancient Philosophy 33:1 (2013), 97-110
“Socrates and Clitophon in the Platonic Clitophon,” Ancient Philosophy 32:2 (2012), 1-22
“Chaerephon, Telephus, and Cure in Plato’s Gorgias,” Arethusa 45:2 (2012), 195-210
“Socratic Persuasion in the Crito,” British Journal of the History of Philosophy, 19:6 (2011), 1021-1046

Recent Courses:

  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Greek Language and Literature

Student Testimonial

“The Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies is an incredibly helpful community of individuals who love to learn. The faculty members of this department are very thoughtful and provide invaluable assistance to otherwise confused undergraduates. (...)
The smaller department size allows students to establish relationships with faculty and to establish a community in a school that might otherwise seem dauntingly large. The Classics and the study of the ancient Mediterranean world are strong at Penn State. For a school that prides itself on cutting-edge research and applied sciences, Penn State is a superb promoter of the Humanities. This support allows the CAMS department to recruit world-class faculty, provide generous funding and aid to undergraduates, and establish resources for research. The structure of the department was a perfect fit for me and allowed me to explore a wide-range of subjects related to my interests. In my four years in the program, I strengthened my Latin and Greek and was also able to study Egyptian Hieroglyphs and Sumerian. I now look forward to continuing my training in philology as I pursue graduate study.”

Timothy W. Dooley
2011 CAMS graduate

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