Leo Catana

Leo Catana

Associate Professor

My contributions to science draw on my competences in philosophy, history, philology and theology. My research is driven by questions crossing disciplinary boundaries, and I have consciously positioned myself where such disciplines intersect. Trained in philosophy, I have explored into the ways in which knowledge about philosophy’s past has been produced, and how that knowledge influence philosophy proper. In 2018, I was thus invited to act as co-editor at the prestigious British Journal for the History of Philosophy, developing my methodological ideas. Similarly, I am one of the few philosophers from Scandinavia recognized in The Cambridge History of Philosophy, 1945-2015 (published 2019), due to my work on the methodology of history of philosophy, which has influenced philosophy, classical philology, history and theology. As a person, I am deeply motivated by ethical concerns about the ways in which we live our lives, how we relate to each other and to nature, and how we perceive ourselves in collective memories.


Recent and forthcoming publications:

Leo Catana 2024. Jacob Brucker. Critical History of Philosophy: Preliminary Discourse, The Socratic School. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Monograph.)

Leo Catana 2021. ‘Two Theories of Natural Justice in Plato’s Gorgias’: Elenchos (forthcoming) (Journal article.)

Leo Catana 2021. ‘Socrates on Habituation and Politics: Plato’s Gorgias 509c6-510a4’, in Habituation in the History of Thought, ed. Jeremy Durham. London: Routledge. (Forthcoming. Contribution to collective volume.)

Leo Catana 2021. ‘The History of the Text before Henry and Schyzer: From the Time of Marsilio Ficino to Thomas Taylor’, in A New Chapter in Neoplatonic Studies: The Correspondence of A. H. Armstrong 1952-1989, eds Kevin Corrigan and Suzanne Stern-Gillet. Leuven: Leuven University Press. (Contribution to collective volume.)

Leo Catana 2021. ‘Platonism in Germany’, in Companion to Medieval and Early Modern Platonism, 2 vols, eds Guido Giglioni and Anna Corrias. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming. (Contribution to collective volume.)

Leo Catana and Mogens Lærke 2020. ‘Introduction. Histories of philosophy 1800-1950’. Editorial to special issue of the British Journal for the History of Philosophy 28.3, pp. 431-441. (Journal article.)

Leo Catana 2020. ‘George Grote’s Analysis of Ancient Greek Political Thought: Its Significance to J.S. Mill’s Idea About “Active Character” in a Liberal Democracy’: British Journal for the History of Philosophy 28.3, pp. 553-572. (Published online 15 August, 2019; print 2020). (Journal article.)

Leo Catana 2020. ‘Self-Protection and the Afterlife Myth in Plato’s Gorgias’: Revue de métaphysique et de morale, nr. 4, no. 108, pp. 591-609. (Journal article.)

Leo Catana 2020. ‘Plato on Recognition of Political Leaders: The Importance of Mirrored Character Traits’: Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought 37.2, pp. 265-289. (Journal article.)

Leo Catana 2019. ‘Fremtidens klimaløsninger: Glem ikke humanisterne og teologerne’. Published in Point of View. International, November 21, 2019 (internet-based Danish newspaper).

Leo Catana 2019. ‘The Ethical Discussion of Protection (boētheia) in Plato’s Gorgias’Classical Quarterly 68.2, pp. 425-441. (Journal article.)

Leo Catana 2019. Late Ancient Platonism in Eighteenth-Century German Thought. Leiden: Springer (International Archives of the History of Ideas, 227). (Monograph.)

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