Burnyeat, Myles, 1939-2019

by Malcolm Schofield

03 Nov 2021
24 (pages 51-74)

Myles Burnyeat was a profound and exceptionally influential scholar of ancient Greek philosophy, and an inspiring teacher. He worked especially in epistemology, stimulating revival of interest in Pyrrhonism, and making major contributions to the study of Plato’s Theaetetus. He published classic studies of Aristotle’s ethics and logic. On Aristotle’s theory of soul, he took a radical stance emphasising as often a gulf between ancient and modern presuppositions. Latterly he wrote extensively on the Republic, and did innovative work on James and John Stuart Mill as Plato scholars. A Russian speaker, with glasnost he developed significant relationships with Russian scholars.

Posted to Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the British Academy, 20

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