Jill P. Gordon

Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy

Box 4554

Phone: 207-859-4554
Fax: 207-859-4705
Mailing Address:
4554 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8845
Gordon, Jill P.


Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin
M.A. in Philosophy, Brown University
B.A. double major in Economics and Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College

Areas of Expertise

  • Plato
  • Ancient philosophy
  • Social and political philosophy
  • African-American philosophy

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
PL111 A Central Philosophical Issues: Self and Society
PL213 A Philosophical Inquiries into Race
PL231 A History of Ancient Greek Philosophy
PL277 A Reuman Reading Group
PL374 A Existentialism
PL401 A Philosophy Colloquium I
PL402 A Philosophy Colloquium II

Current Research

Works in Progress 1."Perception and Moral Responsibility." Rooted in activist work on gender salary equity, this paper looks to Aristotle's Ethics to understand the role that perception plays in virtue, and more specifically it makes the argument that we can be held morally accountable for our perceptions.

2."Eros in Plato's Republic." In this paper, I work through special issues presented by the Republic regarding erotic desire, issues not taken up in my recent monograph on the topic.



Interview, New Books Network about Plato's Erotic World...

"Eros, Logos, and Ontos," Perspectives in Political Science, Symposium Issue on Catherine Zuckert's Plato's Philosophers, 40:1-3, 2011

"Erotic Desire and Courage: Taking Another Look at Parmenides", Ancient Philosophy, 30:2, Fall 2010.

Continuum Companion to Plato, entries: "Literary Composition" and "Socrates (Character)," forthcoming, 2012.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, entry: "Platonic Love." 2009.

"What Should White Faculty Do?" Journal of Higher Education, 12:3, June 2007, 337-347.

"In the Image of Plato," in Philosophy in Dialogue: Plato's Many Devices, ed. Gary Alan Scott, (Northwestern University Press), 2007, 212-237.

"Eros in Plato's Timaeus," Epoche: A Journal for the History of Philosophy, 9:2, Spring 2005, 255-278.

"Self-Knowledge in 'Another Woman'," in Woody Allen and Philosophy, edited by Mark T. Conard and Aeon J. Skoble, (Chicago: Open Court Press), 2004.

"Eros and Philosophical Seduction in the Alcibiades I," Ancient Philosophy, 23:1, Spring 2003, 11-30.

"Race, Speech, and a Hostile Educational Environment: What Color is Free Speech?," co-authored with Markus Johnson, Journal of Social Philosophy, 34:3, Fall 2003, 414-436.


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