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Matthew Duncombe

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I'm currently an Assistant Professor in Philosophy. Between 2014 and 2016 I was a Post Doctoral Fellow in Classics at Durham University and from 2012 to 2014 I was a post-doc in philosophy at the University of Groningen. The University of Cambridge awarded my PhD in 2012.

I am on research leave during the calender year 2020.

Expertise Summary

Ancient Philosophy; Ancient Logic.

Teaching Summary

I generally teach second and third year modules on Ancient Greek Philosophy and introductory modules on reasoning, argument, and logic. I'm interested in teaching methods that involve games of… read more

Research Summary

I have recently published a monograph entitled 'Ancient Relativity: Plato Aristotle, Stoics and Sceptics', with OUP. The book asks at what it is for things to relate to each other. What is it to be… read more

Recent Publications

I generally teach second and third year modules on Ancient Greek Philosophy and introductory modules on reasoning, argument, and logic. I'm interested in teaching methods that involve games of various kinds, and I'm developing a table-top game to help university students in the Humanities and Social Sciences grasp the core concepts of essay writing.

Current Research

I have recently published a monograph entitled 'Ancient Relativity: Plato Aristotle, Stoics and Sceptics', with OUP. The book asks at what it is for things to relate to each other. What is it to be larger or smaller, for example? In particular, I'm looking at ancient views of relativity and how underlying assumptions about relativity affected ancient philosophy. I articulate Plato's ideas about relatives and follow how Aristotle, the Stoics and Sceptics develop these ideas, given their own agendas. I also argue that ancient thinking can help us get clear the phenomenon of relativity more generally.

I have extended this project to look at the phenomenon of relative change in Plato, Aristotle and the Stoics. I'm publishing a short book on this topic with Cambridge University Press for their Elements series.

In 2018-19 I held a Newton Fund Mobility Award, to collaborate with colleagues in Brazil on a project entitled 'Non-contradiction and infinite regress arguments in Plato and Aristotle'. With Luca Pitteloud, I am co-editing a volume based on these workshops, showcasing work form young scholars of ancient philosophy working in Brazil, Europe and the UK.

I run a weekly Aristotle reading group in Nottingham. Please do contact me if you'd like to attend.

I'm available to supervise research projects involving any aspect of ancient Greek philosophy.

Past Research

My work in Groningen looked at dialectic in Aristotle's logic as part of a project on the Roots of Deduction.

Future Research

I'm developing a number of projects centered on ancient logic and argument, especially dialectic, modality, and future contingents. I'm interested in the development of the Megaric and Dialectical schools, as well the arguments they presented.

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University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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