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Nickolas Pappas



Division of Humanities and the Arts




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  • Profile


    Nickolas Pappas grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, but he has been living in New York City since 1993, which is when he began teaching at City College.Before coming to City College he taught at Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia.He is married and has two daughters, 20 and 14 years old.

  • Education

     Harvard University. Ph. D. in Philosophy, 1987.

    Kenyon College. A.B. in Mathematics and Philosophy, 1981.

  • Courses Taught


    History of Philosophy I: Ancient Philosophy



  • Research Interests

     Increasingly, all my work is in ancient philosophy and more specifically on Plato.  For the most part the work lies at the intersection of ancient philosophy and aesthetics.  One main work in progress is a book about Plato's Menexenus; but I am also writing entries on Plato's Republic and the Menexenus for the forthcoming Continuum Companion to Plato; and I am writing an article about Hitchcock's Vertigo for a coming collection of philosophical papers on that film.

  • Publications


    Recent books and articles include:

    The Routledge Guidebook to Plato and the Republic, second edition,

    London , Routledge, 2003.

    The Nietzsche Disappointment, Lanham, Rowman & Littlefield, 2005.

    "Plato's Aesthetics," Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (online reference work).

    "Fashion Seen as Something Imitative and Foreign," The British Journal of Aesthetics 48 (2008): 1-19.

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