Myles Burnyeat

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Myles Fredric Burnyeat CBE
Order of the British Empire
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 (born 1 January 1939) is an English
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 classicist and philosopher.


Educated at Bryanston School
Bryanston School
Bryanston School is a co-educational independent school for both day and boarding pupils in Blandford, north Dorset, England, near the village of Bryanston. It was founded in 1928...

 and King’s College, Cambridge, Burnyeat was a student of Bernard Williams
Bernard Williams
Sir Bernard Arthur Owen Williams was an English moral philosopher, described by The Times as the most brilliant and most important British moral philosopher of his time. His publications include Problems of the Self , Moral Luck , Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy , and Truth and Truthfulness...

 at University College London
University College London
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He became an assistant lecturer
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 in philosophy at University College London in 1964, and a lecturer in 1965. In 1978, he was appointed a lecturer in classics at the University of Cambridge
University of Cambridge
The University of Cambridge is a public research university located in Cambridge, United Kingdom. It is the second-oldest university in both the United Kingdom and the English-speaking world , and the seventh-oldest globally...

, and became a fellow of the new Robinson College, Cambridge
Robinson College, Cambridge
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, where he remained until 1996.

From 1984 to 2000 he was married to the poet, Ruth Padel
Ruth Padel
Ruth Sophia Padel is a British poet, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Zoological Society of London. She also writes non-fiction and more recently fiction, broadcasts on wildlife, poetry and literature for BBC Radio 3 and 4, and is Writer in Residence at The Environment Institute,...


In 1984, he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy and appointed as the fifth Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy
Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy
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 at Cambridge, a position he held until 1996.

From 1996, he was Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at All Souls College, Oxford
All Souls College, Oxford
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, before returning in 2006 to Robinson College.

He was president of the Aristotelian Society
Aristotelian Society
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 from 2005 to 2006.

In 2007, he was made CBE
Order of the British Empire
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 and a Festschrift
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 in his honour (Maieusis: Essays in Ancient Philosophy in Honour of Myles Burnyeat) was published.


  • Philosophy As It Is (co-ed.) 1979, ISBN 0140221360
  • Doubt and Dogmatism (co-ed.) Clarendon Press 1980, ISBN 0198248725
  • Science and Speculation: Studies in Hellenistic Theory and Practice (co-ed.) Cambridge University Press1982, ISBN 0521022185
  • The Sceptical Tradition (ed.) University of California Press 1983, ISBN 0520047958
  • Notes on Eta and Theta of Aristotle's "Metaphysics": A Study Guide University of Oxford Faculty of Philosophy 1984, ISBN 0905740270
  • The Theaetetus of Plato Hackett Publishing Co, Inc 1990, ISBN 0872201597
  • The Original Sceptics (co-ed. with Michael Frede
    Michael Frede
    Michael Frede was a prominent professor and researcher on ancient philosophy.- Education and career :Frede earned his Ph.D...

    ) 1997, ISBN 0872203476
  • A Map of Metaphysics Zeta 2001, ISBN 093522503X
  • Heda Segvic, From Protagoras to Aristotle: Essays in Ancient Moral Philosophy (ed.) by Myles Burnyeat, Princeton University Press 2008, ISBN 0691131236
  • Aristotle's Divine Intellect, Marquette University Press 2008, ISBN 0874621755

See also

  • Maieusis: Essays in Ancient Philosophy in Honour of Myles Burnyeat, edited by Dominic Scott, Oxford University Press 2007, ISBN 0199289972

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