Carrie E. Swanson

Assistant Professor
PhD, Rutgers University (New Brunswick), 2011
256 English-Philosophy Building
Office Hours: 
Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-2:30
Curriculum Vitae: 
Research Interests: 

Dr. Swanson’s area of specialization is Ancient Greek philosophy. Her current research investigates Ancient theories of refutation, syllogistic reasoning, and dialectic, especially in Plato and Aristotle. Her interests in Ancient philosophy are however very broad, and include Aristotle’s philosophy of science and metaphysics; Ancient theories of perception; the moral psychology and virtue ethics of Plato and Aristotle; and Hellenistic medicine and skepticism. Her secondary philosophical interests are focused primarily on four areas: medieval metaphysics and logic; philosophy of language (especially the pragmatics of conversation and questions); epistemology (especially virtue epistemology and problems of testimony and disagreement); and metaphysics (especially essentialism, universals, and hylomorphism).


Honors & Awards: 

Rutgers Graduate School-New Brunswick Dissertation Teaching Award 2009-2010.

Rutgers University Sellon Dissertation Fellowship 2008-2009.

Selected Publications: 

Articles | Peer reviewed:

‘Socratic Dialectic between Philosophy and Politics in Euthydemus 305e5-306d1’, Plato Journal: The Journal of the International Plato Society. Volume 19, December 2018. 73 pages.

'John Doris' Excellence Adventure', Journal of Ancient Philosophy. Forthcoming 2018. 

‘Aristotle on Ignorance of the Definition of Refutation’. (Accepted August 2016). Apeiron: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science.

‘Begging the Question as a Criticism of an Argument in Itself in Topics 8.11’, History and Philosophy of Logic. 1-45. Published online 13 Oct 2015.

‘Aristotle’s Expansion of the Taxonomy of Fallacy in Sophistici Elenchi 8’, Philosophiegeschichte und logische Analyse (Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy), Vol. 15 2013, 200-237.

 Articles | Under peer review:

‘Socrates’ Iolaus and the Resolution of Fallacy in Plato’s Euthydemus’. 61 pages.

'Sextus Makes a House Call: Medical Sophisms in Outlines of Pyrrhonism II 229-256'. 47 pages.

Work in Progress: 

Book project: Socratic Dialectic and the Resolution of Fallacy in Plato’s Euthydemus.

Articles in Progress:

‘Producing Wonder without Tears (or Fallacy) in Euthydemus 278e-282e’.

‘Threading the Labyrinth in Plato’s Euthydemus’.

‘The Limitations of Socratic Dialectic in Plato’s Sophist’.

‘The Rotational Model of Mind in Plato’s Timaeus’.

 ‘Dialectic and Moral Expertise in Plato’s Protagoras’.

 ‘Aristotle on the Resolution of Disagreement in the Diagnosis of Fallacy’.