Kirk Sanders

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Associate Professor of Classics
Associate Professor, Department Head of Philosophy
Affiliate of Center for Translation Studies

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I received my PhD in Philosophy from the Joint Classics-Philosophy Program in Ancient Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. Before arriving at Illinois, I was an assistant professor at Rutgers and a junior fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies ( My appointment at Illinois is split between the Department of the Classics and the Department of Philosophy.

My research to date has focused largely on Hellenistic (i.e., post–Aristotelian) philosophy. In addition to a number of articles and notes, I co-edited (together with Jeffrey Fish of Baylor University) a volume of essays, Epicurus and the Epicurean Tradition, for Cambridge University Press.

In addition to continued work in Hellenistic philosophy, I have recently begun to turn my attention to Xenophon’s Socratic writings. I am currently in the process of producing a both a new English translation of these (i.e., Apology, Memorabilia, Oeconomicus, and Symposium) and a philological and philosophical commentary on the Greek text of Xenophon's Apology and the parts of Memorabilia that most directly concern Socrates' trial.

Research keywords

  • Ancient Philosophy (Greek and Roman)