Reconsidering the Sources of the Self in the Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Periods


Mary Margaret McCabe

Professor Emerita in Ancient Philosophy at King’s College London
Department of Philosophy, King’s College London

Mary Margaret McCabe (‘MM’) is professor of ancient philosophy emerita at King’s College London. She has authored a number of books on Plato and published work on other ancient philosophers, including the pre-Socratics, Socrates and Aristotle; she also works in ethics and the philosophy of medicine.

From 1981 to 1990 MM was Fellow in Classics at New Hall, University of Cambridge. She joined the Philosophy Department at King’s College London in 1990 and retired from her chair in Ancient Philosophy in 2014. 2014-17 she was Keeling Scholar and Honorary Professor in Philosophy at University College London, and a Bye-Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge. In 2017 MM gave the Sather Lectures at the University of California, Berkeley, on the subject of ‘Seeing and Saying: Plato on Virtue and Knowledge’.

MM was president of the British Philosophical Association from 2009-12, and president of the Mind Association in 2016-17; in 2021 she will be the Honorary President of the Classical Association. In July 2017, MM was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the United Kingdom’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences. She is the Chairman of Trustees of the charity Philosophy in Prison.

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