Open Plato Project

Mission Statement

The Open Plato Project aims to create a new kind of digital edition of ancient Greek philosophical texts, intended for both expert and non-expert audiences and produced in collaboration with scholars from multiple disciplines. The Project’s mission is to widen the audience of people who are able to find joy and meaning in the study of these texts. Its core belief is that expanding access to the study of philosophical texts is beneficial both to society and to scholarship. The first phase of this project will yield an online, open-access, and open source edition of Plato’s Alcibiades, including both a new translation and multiple layers of commentary.

Our Team

Marc Gasser-Wingate

Marc is an Assistant Professor of philosophy at Boston University. He works mostly on Ancient Greek philosophy, and his papers have been published in Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Journal of the History of Philosophy, and Philosophers’ Imprint. His book, Aristotle’s Empiricism, was published with Oxford University Press in 2021. Marc also has experience as a programmer and web developer, both freelance and with the Digital Library Development Center at the University of Chicago, and is familiar with accessibility standards and best practices for web content.

Sukaina Hirji

Sukaina is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. She works in ancient philosophy, normative ethics, and feminist philosophy. Her work has been published in Philosophers’ Imprint, Ethics, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, and British Journal of the History of Philosophy. She has been involved in a wide variety of initiatives aimed at creating more diversity and inclusion in philosophy, including creating COMPASS (a workshop for diverse undergraduates interested in philosophy), serving for two years as a member of the Steering Committee for the Job Market Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy, and teaching a number of courses through Princeton’s Prison Teaching Initiative. She currently serves as the Editor for the Ethics Review Forum on the PEA Soup blog.

Robert Howton

Robert, a specialist in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, is currently training in advanced software engineering and web development at Codesmith. From 2018 until August 2021, he was Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey, and prior to that was Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, he is enrolled in a 639-hour software engineering program aimed at establishing competence in JavaScript-based web development using modern front-end frameworks such as React and Angular, server development using Node and Express, and database management using MongoDB and PostgreSQL.

Emily Kress

Emily is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Brown University. She received her PhD in Philosophy and Classics from Yale University in 2018, where her coursework included advanced studies of Plato’s dialogues. She has published forthcoming articles in leading venues for ancient Greek and Roman philosophy including Apeiron, Phronesis, and Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy. She also participated in the Yale-King’s College London Republic Seminar from 2014–2016, where she was a member of the team that prepared commentary-style minutes for Republic books VIII and X. She regularly teaches classes on ancient Greek philosophy, including both survey classes that cover Plato’s works as part of a more wide-ranging syllabus and those devoted to careful readings of a single Platonic text. For instance, she taught a class on Plato’s Republic in Fall 2020 and one on Plato’s Gorgias in Fall 2021.

Patricia Marechal

Patricia is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. She is a faculty affiliate at the Classical Studies Program, and also at the Center for Hellenic Studies. She has published papers on Plato, Aristotle, and ancient medicine in venues including Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, Apeiron, and Ancient Philosophy. She is a graduate from Harvard University, where she received training in philosophy and classical languages. She teaches classes on ancient Greek philosophy, including survey classes and specialized seminars that focus on a wide range of Plato’s works. She also teaches courses on women, foreigners, and other marginalized people in Greek antiquity, and is co-editing a volume on Ancient Greek philosophy of race and ethnicity.

Katy Meadows

Katy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Indiana University, Bloomington. She received her PhD from Stanford University’s Joint Program in Ancient Philosophy in 2017. She has published on Aristotle’s metaphysics in Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie and is the co-author of the article on Plato’s Laws in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, an open access and dynamic encyclopedia that aims to serve the public as well as the scholarly community. She has been involved in a number of projects that aim to promote equitable access to philosophy and the liberal arts both within and outside the academy. These include organizing a long-running reading group for undergraduate and graduate student gender minorities at Stanford, serving as a mentor for CCNY undergraduates pursuing independent research projects through the Stanford-CCNY Research Exchange, and teaching and tutoring at Hope House, a women’s drug and alcohol rehabilitation center

Evan Rodriguez

Evan is an Associate Professor and Director of Outreach for Philosophy in the Department of English and Philosophy at Idaho State University. He has published articles on Plato, Aristotle, and the Greek Sophists in venues including the Journal of the History of Philosophy, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, Classical Quarterly, and Études platoniciennes. He is currently working on a book project on Plato funded by an NEH Summer Stipend grant and a Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies Fellowship. He is a graduate of Yale’s Classics and Philosophy Program, where he received advanced training in Greek and Latin, including coursework in Greek papyrology for developing the philological tools used for reconstructing ancient texts. His doctoral work was awarded the triennial Conrado Eggers Lan prize for best dissertation in Platonic Studies by the International Plato Society. He was a participant of the Yale-Kings College London Republic Seminar from 2012–2016, where he was a member of the team that prepared commentary-style minutes for Republic books VI, VIII, and X.

Gabriel Shapiro

Gabriel is a PhD student in the Princeton University Philosophy Department and a member of Princeton’s interdisciplinary Program in Classical Philosophy. His work focuses on Plato’s philosophy, especially Plato’s metaphysics and ethics, as well as the reception of Platonism among ancient thinkers and modern analytic philosophers. As part of the Princeton-Syros and the Princeton-University of Sao Paolo annual workshops he has written and edited translations and commentaries of sections of texts from Plato, Aristotle, and several other Ancient Greek thinkers. As part of his course of study, he has had further extensive experience with translation work—including translations into English from Ancient Greek, Latin, and French.

Jacob Stump

Jacob is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Northeastern University. He received his PhD in 2017 from the Department of Philosophy and the Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is a participant in the Mellon Foundation project on Philosophy as a Way of Life, and he leads the Philosophy as a Way of Life Working Group at Northeastern. He received the College of Social Science and Humanities’ Outstanding Teaching Award in 2021. His research on Platonic moral psychology and Socratic method has been published in Philosophers’ Imprint.

Claudia Yau

Claudia is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Houston. She received her PhD in 2021 from Princeton University, where she was a member of the Program in Classical Philosophy and a graduate affiliate of the Program in American Studies. She specializes in ancient philosophy and has worked primarily on Plato, Aristotle, and Sextus Empiricus. She has participated in outreach initiatives through the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and Compass Workshops.

Advisors

Verity Harte

George A. Saden Professor of Philosophy and Classics, Yale University

Mary Margaret McCabe, FBA

Emeritus Professor of Ancient Philosophy, King’s College London

Lisa Raphals

Professor, Department of Comparative Literature and Languages, UC Riverside

Mark Schiefsky

C. Lois P. Grove Professor of the Classics, Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University