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NAME: Suzanne Stern-Gillet
Professor of Ancient Philosophy; President of UK section ISNS
INSTITUTION: Department of Philosophy
Naughton Building
Chadwick Campus
The University of Bolton
PHONE: +44 01205 903257
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Plato, Aristotle and Plotinus. Aesthetics and Virtue Ethics.


Suzanne Stern-Gillet studied philosophy at the University of Liège (Belgium) where she gained a Licence en Philosophie and a Doctorat en Philosophie (for a thesis on R.G. Collingwood). She then turned to Classics, first at the University of Liège and, subsequently, at the University of Manchester where she gained an M.Phil. (for a thesis on Aristotle).

Her dual formation accounts for the fact that she writes in both French and English and that her philosophical output falls into two thematically and chronologically distinct categories. Translation of Ryle’s The Concept of Mind and collaborative translation of Linski’s On Referring were followed by articles on the philosophy of history and aesthetics in the analytic tradition for Etudes Philosophiques, La Revue Philosophique de Louvain, La Revue Internationale de Philosophie etc. Her more recent publications, which are mostly in ancient philosophy, aim at providing detailed exegeses of challenging texts. Amongst these are a book on Aristotle’s Philosophy of Friendship (SUNY, 1995), articles on Plato, Aristotle, and Plotinus for Phronesis, The British Journal of Aesthetics, Etudes sur Plotin (ed.: M. Fattal, Paris, L’Harmattan, 2002), Théories du Logos dans l’Antiquité (ed. M. Fattal, Paris, L’Harmattan, 2002), Fundamentals of Philosophy (ed. J. Shand, Routledge, 2003). Various disseminatory articles on aspects of Neoplatonist aesthetics have also appeared in encyclopaedias and companion volumes on art theory.

Currently, she is working on Plato’s views on poetic inspiration and on Plotinus’ concept of the person. She has also been commissioned by Routledge to write a history of ancient philosophy.

She is Professor of Philosophy at the Bolton Institute (U.K.).

She is seeking to form a British Society for the Study of Neoplatonism and urges anyone interested in the philosophy of Plotinus and his successors to get in touch with her at either or

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