Jill Gordon Curricululm Vitae



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Jill Gordon

Curricululm Vitae

Department of Philosophy

4554 Mayflower Hill

Colby College

Waterville, ME 04901

(207) 859-4554

jpgordon@colby.edu

Education:

Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin, (Dissertation: “A Socratic View of Moral Education: Is Virtue Teachable?” Advisor, Professor Louis H. Mackey), December, 1991.

M.A. in Philosophy, Brown University, (Thesis: “An Examination of Causal Inference,” Advisor, Professor Roderick Chisholm), January, 1986.

B.A. double major in Economics and Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College, (Thesis: “The Irony of Socrates and Kierkegaard,” Advisor, Professor John K. Roth), May, 1984.


Areas of Specialization:

Ancient Greek Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy



Areas of Teaching Competence:

Philosophy of Race, History of Philosophy, Existentialism, Philosophy of Sport


Academic Positions:

Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy, Colby College, 2009-present

Chair, Department of Philosophy, Colby College, 1999-2001; 2007-2009; 2010-2012

Professor of Philosophy, Colby College, fall 2004-present

Associate Professor, Colby College, fall 1997-spring 2004

Assistant Professor, Colby College, fall 1991-spring 1997

Instructor, Illinois Institute of Technology, fall 1990-spring 1991

Assistant Instructor, University of Texas, fall 1988-summer 1989

Teaching Assistant, University of Texas, spring 1986-summer 1988
Courses Taught:

Regularly: Other:

History of Ancient Greek Philosophy Contemporary Moral Problems

Self and Society Philosophy of Sport

Social and Political Philosophy Introduction to Philosophy

Philosophical Inquiries into Race Love and Sex in the Ancient World

Karl Marx and Marxist Philosophy

Feminist Philosophies

Existentialism

African Philosophy, 1945-Present

Seminar: Plato (varying content)

Seminar: Aristotle’s Rhetoric

Seminar: Socrates



Scholarship:

Books

Plato’s Erotic World: From Cosmic Origins to Human Death (New York: Cambridge University Press), 2012.

Turning Toward Philosophy: Literary Device and Dramatic Structure in Plato’s Dialogues, (University Park, Pennsylvania: Penn State Press), 1999.
Journal Articles

“Perception, Moral Responsibility, and Gender Equity” (in progress)

“Aristotle on Perception and Moral Responsibility” (in progress)

“Eros and Epithumia in Republic” (in progress)

“Eros, Logos, and Ontos,” Perspectives on Political Science: Symposium Issue on Catherine Zuckert’s Plato’s Philosophers, 40:1-3, 2011.

“Erotic Desire and Courage in Parmenides,” Ancient Philosophy, 30:2, 2010, 261-287.

“What Should White Faculty Do?" Teaching in Higher Education, 12:3. June 2007, 337-347.

“Eros in Plato’s Timaeus,” Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy, 9:2, Spring 2005, 255-278.

“Eros and Philosophical Seduction in the Alcibiades I,” Ancient Philosophy, xxiii., no. 1, Spring 2003, 11-30.

“Race, Speech, and a Hostile Educational Environment: What Color is Free Speech?,” co-authored with Markus Johnson, Journal of Social Philosophy, 34:3, Fall 2003, 414-436.

“John Stuart Mill and the ‘Marketplace of Ideas,’” Social Theory and Practice, Volume 23, Number 2, Summer, 1997.

“Dialectic, Dialogue, and Reader Response Theory,” Philosophy and Rhetoric, Volume 29, Number 3, August, 1996.

“Against Vlastos On Complex Irony,” Classical Quarterly, May 1996, 46:1, 131-137.

“By Any Means Necessary: John Locke and Malcolm X on the Right to Revolution,” Journal of Social Philosophy, Volume 26, Number 1, Spring, 1995.


Contributions to Collected Volumes

“In the Image of Plato,” in Philosophy in Dialogue: Plato’s Many Devices, ed. Gary Alan Scott, (Northwestern University Press), 2007, 212-237.

“Self-Knowledge in ‘Another Woman’,” in Woody Allen and Philosophy, edited by Mark T. Conard and Aeon J. Skoble, (Chicago: Open Court Press), 2004.

“By Any Means Necessary: John Locke and Malcolm X on the Right to Revolution,” Reprinted in African-American Philosophy: Selected Readings, edited by Tommy L. Lott, (New York: Prentice Hall), 2002.


Invited Book Reviews:

Sherman, Nancy. Stoic Warriors: The Ancient Philosophy Behind the Military Mind. (New York: Oxford University Press), 2005. Social Theory and Practice 34:2 (April 2008).

Hyland, Drew. Questioning Platonism. (Albany: State University of New York Press) 2004. Review of Metaphysics, 59:3 (March 2006), 647-648.

Sedley, David. The Midwife of Platonism: Text and Subtext in Plato’s Theaetetus. (Oxford University Press) 2004. Ancient Philosophy, 26(2006), 188-192.

Blondell, Ruby. The Play of Character in Plato’s Dialogues (Cambridge University Press). 2002. Ancient Philosophy, 24 (2004), 201-206.

Ahrensdorf, Peter. The Death of Socrates and the Life of Philosophy: An Interpretation of Plato’s Phaedo. (Albany: State University of New York Press). 1995. Review of Metaphysics, January 1999.

Roochnik, David. Of Art and Wisdom: Plato’s Understanding of Techne. (University Park: Penn State Press). 1996. Review of Metaphysics, September 1997.

Encyclopedia Entries

“Literary Composition” and “Socrates’ Character” in Continuum Companion to Plato, Gerald Press, ed., Thoemmes Continuum Press (forthcoming 2011).

“Platonic Love” in Oxford Encyclopedia of Greece and Rome. 2010.

Invited Lectures:

“Eros and Homecoming in Plato’s Phaedo,” University of Maine, Orono, November 2011

“Eros and Nostos in Plato’s Phaedo,” Ancient Philosophy Society satellite meeting at SPEP (Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy), Philadelphia, October 2011

“Eros and Homecoming in Plato’s Phaedo,” St. Michael’s College, Vermont, October 2011

Author Meets Critic Roundtable, on Catherine Zuckert’s, Plato’s Philosophers: The Coherence of the Dialogues (University of Chicago Press, 2009), Northeastern Political Science Association, Boston, November 2010.

“Perception and Agent Culpability,” Baylor University, October 28, 2010

The Fleming Lecture, “Reconsidering Eros in Plato’s Parmenides,” Southwestern University, March 2009

“Eros and Courage,” Pennsylvania State University, March 28, 2008.

Author Meets Critic Roundtable, on Stanley Rosen’s, Plato’s Republic: A Study, Northeastern Political Science Association, Boston, November 2006.

“Teaching, Learning, and the Racial Climate on Campus,” Center for Teaching and Learning, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA, September 2004.

“Eros in Plato’s Timaeus,” Ancient Philosophy Society session in conjunction with Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP), Boston, November 2003.

“A Meditation on the Question in the Work of John K. Roth,” Northern New England Philosophical Association, Keene State College, New Hampshire, September 19, 2003. [Plenary session on the scholarship and career of Professor Roth].

“Epistemology and Literature in Plato’s Meno and Descartes’ Meditations,” Undergraduate conference on Philosophy and Literature, California State University at Fullerton, March 1999.

“Plato as Poet?” University of Maine, Farmington, 8 November 1995

“Plato As Poet?” Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, 16 March 1995

“By Any Means Necessary: John Locke and Malcolm X on the Right to Revolution,” Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, 25 March 1994.


Conference Papers:

“Perception and Moral Responsibility: The Case of Gender,” Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Fordham University, October, 2010.

“The Erotic, The Interrogative, and the Intrepid,” Ancient Philosophy Society, New School University, New York, NY, April 2008.

“The Interrogative and the Erotic,” Arizona Ancient Philosophy Colloquium, University of Arizona, February 2006.

“The Concept of Eros with Constant Reference to Louis Mackey,” Louis Mackey Memorial Conference, Austin, TX, September 2005.

“The Erotic Impulse in Plato’s Metaphysics,” Arizona Ancient Philosophy Colloquium, University of Arizona, February 2003

“Putting Schleiermacher to Rest: Philosophical Seduction in Alcibiades I,” Ancient Philosophy Society, Villanova University, April 2001.

“What Color Is Free Speech,” co-authored with Markus Johnson, Critical Theory and Race: Contesting the Racial Contract, Purdue University, March 2001

“Why Didn’t Plato Just Write Arguments? The Role of Image and Image-Making in the Dialogues,” International Association for Philosophy and Literature, University of California at Irvine, May 1998.

“Teaching Issues of Class in Elite Liberal Arts Colleges: Problems and Strategies,” Panel Discussion Organizer and Participant, Conference: “Inclusive & Interdisciplinary: Building the New Curriculum,” sponsored by the National Science Foundation, University of Southern Maine, 11-13 September 1997.

“Why Didn’t Plato Just Write Arguments? The Role of Image and Image-Making in the Dialogues,” Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA), Brock University, St. Catherine, Ontario, 15-17 May 1997.

“Why Didn’t Plato Just Compose Arguments? Image and Metaphor in the Platonic Dialogues”, October 1996, Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy (SAGP), Binghamton University.

“Images and Image Making in Plato’s Dialogues,” Faculty Humanities and Social Sciences Lecture, Colby College, October, 1996.

“Plato as Poet?” Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy (SAGP), Binghamton University, October 1995.

“Mill On The Marketplace of Ideas,” North American Society for Social Philosophy (NASSP), Colby College, August, 1995.

“Mediating the Ancient Quarrel Between Philosophy and Poetry: Plato as Poet and Dramatist,” Comparative Drama Conference, University of Florida, Gainesville, March 1995.

“The Play’s the Thing: Against Vlastos on Complex Irony,” Thirteenth Annual Conference sponsored by Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science (SSIPS) and the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy (SAGP), the Colloquia in Art, Literature, and the Philosophy of Art in the Ancient world, SUNY Binghamton, October, 1994

“The Importance of Dramatic Context for Socratic Irony,” Faculty Humanities and Social Sciences Lecture, Colby College, April 19, 1994.

“By Any Means Necessary: John Locke and Malcolm X on the Right to Revolution,” Tenth International Social Philosophy Conference, Sponsored by North American Society for Social Philosophy (NASSP), Helsinki, Finland, August, 1993

“Creating the Moral Self: Reader Response Theory and Plato’s Dialogues,” presented at the Colloquia on Art, Literature, and Philosophy of Art in the Ancient World, Sponsored by the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Columbia University (SAGP), October, 1992.

“Character and Character Change in the Meno,” presented at the Northern New England Philosophical Association (NNEPA), October, 1991.
Other Scholarly Activity:

“New Books in Philosophy,” pod-cast interview about my book, Plato’s Erotic World: From Cosmic Origins to Human Death, October 4, 2012

Text Seminar Leader, Collegium Phaenomenologicum, July 2012. Annual theme was Zwhv (life), and I led discussions on Timaeus and the week-long lecture series given by Professor Claudia Baracchi.

Organized Panel, “Compensation and Institutional Recognition” for Committee on Status of Women session , Pacific APA meeting, April 2011.

Panel Presentation, “Grassroots Organizing for Gender Salary Equity,” for Committee on Status of Women session, Pacific APA meeting, April 2011.

Digital Dialogue 33, “Discussion of Catherine Zuckert’s Keynote Address,” pod-cast conversation with Professor Christopher P. Long, Pennsylvania State University, April 2010.

Digital Dialogue 17, “Parmenides,” pod-cast conversation with Professor Christopher P. Long, Pennsylvania State University, October 2009

Digital Dialogue 9, “Erotic Politics,” pod-cast conversation with Professor Christopher P. Long, Pennsylvania State University, August 2009

Commentary on “Whither and Whence We Go, Where We Stop Nobody Knows: Prophecy, Eros and Self-Knowledge in the Phaedrus, by Benjamin Frazer-Simser, Ancient Philosophy Society, April 2009.

Commentary on “Performative Aspects of Socrates’ Questioning” by Marina Berzins McCoy, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, 23-27 March 2005.

Commentary on, “Socrates in the Funhouse Mirror,” by Debra Nails, Arizona Ancient Philosophy Colloquium, 14-17 February 2005

Commentary on “Trusting Moral Experts,” by Travis Butler, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, December 2002.

Commentary on “Nussbaum, Saxonhouse, and Piety in the Euthyphro,” by Martha Beck, Ancient Philosophy Society, University of Colorado at Denver, April 2002.

Commentary on “Mything the Point: Why Muthos is No Logos,” by Rosalyn Weiss, Arizona Ancient Philosophy Colloquium, University of Arizona, February 2002.

Commentary on “The Disappearing Daimon,” by Jacques Bailly, Arizona Ancient Philosophy Colloquium, University of Arizona, February 2001.

Summer Institute, Classical Association of the Atlantic States, “Race, Gender, and Classical Studies,” Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, 19-21 July 1996.


Professional Activity:

Member, Maine Committee on Judicial Responsibility and Disability, 2010-

Committee on the Status of Women, American Philosophical Association, 2010-

Program Committee Member, Ancient Philosophy Society, 2010-2011

Co-Director, Ancient Philosophy Society, 2003-2007.

Fellowship applications reviewer, American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), 2003-2004.

Manuscript reviewer, Northwestern University Press

Manuscript reviewer, SUNY Press

Manuscript reviewer, Cambridge University Press

Manuscript reviewer, Georgetown University Press

Manuscript reviewer, Penn State Press

Content Advisor, Compass Point Books, Signature Lives Series for children, Aristotle

External Referee for journal, Ancient Philosophy

External Referee for journal, Epoché

External Referee for journal, Journal of Social Philosophy

External Referee for journal, Social Theory and Practice

External Reviewer, tenure case, Colorado State University, 2010

External Reviewer, tenure case, Fairfield University, 2008

External Reviewer, tenure case, Boston College, 2008

External Reviewer, tenure case, Eastern Tennessee State University, 2007

External Reviewer, tenure case, University of Colorado, Denver, 2006

External Reviewer, tenure case, University of San Francisco, 2006

External Reviewer, reappointment case, Haverford College, 2006

External Reviewer, tenure case, University of Oregon, 2005

External Reviewer, tenure case, Alfred University, 2001

Referee, Collected Volume, Social Philosophy Today, International Social Philosophy Conference Papers, 1993; 1995; 1998

Member, American Philosophical Association (APA)

Member, Ancient Philosophy Society (APS)

President, Colby College Chapter, American Association of University Professors, 1997-1998 (AAUP)
Honors and Awards:

Charles W. Bassett Faculty Award, Colby College Alumni Council, 2010.

C-Club (Colby Alumni Athletics Support), Person of the Year Award, 2010.

Mellon Foundation Summer Grant: “Curriculum Development and Canon Formation in ‘African-American Philosophy’,” Summer 2006. Grant for collaborative work between faculty members at Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby Colleges.

Liberty Fund Seminar, “Alcibiades and the Democratic Soul,” Miami, Florida, December 2003.

Liberty Fund Seminar, “Freedom and Responsibility in Plato’s Laws,” St. Paul, Minnesota, May-June, 2002.

Marguerite Eyer Wilbur Foundation Fellowship, 1994-1995

Humanities Teaching Fellow, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1990-1991

University of Texas Continuing Fellowship, 1989-1990

Member, Phi Beta Kappa

Semi-finalist, Rhodes Scholarship Competition, 1984

Outstanding graduate in Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College, 1984



References:


Cheshire Calhoun, Professor of Philosophy, Arizona State University, , 480-727-0577

Drew Hyland, Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy and Chair, Trinity College, , 860-297-2426

Christopher Long, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Graduate Director, Pennsylvania State University, , 814-865-6969

Marina McCoy, Fitzgibbons Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy, Boston College, , 617-552-3858







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