Danielle A. Layne, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy

My areas of expertise and publishing are within the domain of Ancient Philosophy, particularly Plato and the later Platonic tradition, e.g. Proclus. My interests in this area are diverse and wide-ranging with publications in Socratic studies, Platonic...

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

M.A., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

B.A., Loyola University New Orleans

Courses Taught

Ancient Philosophy

Ancient Concepts of Justice

Philosophy of Sex and Gender

Philosophy of Human Nature

Ancient Philosophical Theory


My areas of expertise and publishing are within the domain of Ancient Philosophy, particularly Plato and the later Platonic tradition, e.g. Proclus. My interests in this area are diverse and wide-ranging with publications in Socratic studies, Platonic hermeneutics, late ancient theories of prayer and feminist interpretations of Platonic metaphysics. Overall, all my work tends to problematize the traditional understanding of Plato/Platonism as rejecting the sensible, embodied life.

Edited Volumes

Layne, D. and Tarrant, H. (eds.), The Neoplatonic Socrates. Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press: 2014.

Layne D. and Butorac, D. (eds), Proclus and his Legacy. Berlin, De Gruyter: 2017.

Peer-Reviewed Articles in Journals and Book Chapters

The Platonic Hero,’” in Proclus and his Legacy. Danielle A. Layne and David Butorac (eds.). Berlin, De Gruyter: 2017.

“Proclus on Socratic Ignorance, Knowledge and Irony.” Socrates and the Socratic Dialogue, (ed.) F. de Luise & A. Stavru. Lieden, Brill: (forthcoming, Fall 2016).

“Cosmic Etiology and Demiurgic Mimesis in the Ascent of the Soul” in Platonic Theories of Prayer, (eds.) John Dillon and Andrei Timotin. (2016)

“Socrates Neoplatonicus,” Dictionnaire des philosophes antiques, (ed.) Richard Goulet. Paris, C.N.R.S.-Éditions: (2015).
English translation and reduced content reprinted in The Neoplatonic Socrates. Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press: 2014

“Involuntary Evil and the Socratic Problem of Double Ignorance in Proclus,” The International Journal for the Platonic Tradition, (ed.) John Finamore. Lieden, Brill: (Spring 2015).

“The Neoplatonic Socrates” co-authored with Harold Tarrant in The Neoplatonic Socrates, (eds.) Danielle A. Layne and Harold Tarrant. Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press: 2014.

“The Character of Socrates and the Good of Dialogue Form: Neoplatonic Hermeneutics,” in The Neoplatonic Socrates. (eds.) Danielle A. Layne and Harold Tarrant. Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press: 2014.

“A Fatal Affair? Socrates’ Foreknowledge and Alcibiades’ Freedom in Proclus,” in Fate, Providence and Moral Responsibility in Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Thought, (eds.) Pieter d’Hoine and Gerd Van Riel. Leuven, Leuven University Press: 2014.

“Philosophical Prayer in Proclus’ Commentary on Plato’s Timaeus,” Review of Metaphysics, Vol. 67.2, 2013, pp. 345-368.

“From Irony to Enigma: Discovering Double Ignorance in Plato’s Dialogues.” Méthexis: Revista Internacional de Filosofía Antigua/International Journal for Ancient Philosophy. Vol. 23, 2010, pp. 1-18.

“Ceaselessly Testing the Good of Death in Plato’s Phaedo,” Newsletter for the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, 11(1), 2010, pp. 22-32.

“In Praise of the Mere Presence of Ignorance from Plato to Erasmus.” The Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. Vol. 83, 2009, pp. 253-267.

“Refutation and Double Ignorance in Proclus.” Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy. Vol. 13:2, 2009, pp. 347-362.

“What do Socrates, Abelard, and Heidegger have in Common?” [original title] Philosophy for Everyone: College, Sex and Philosophy, (eds.) Fritz Allhoff and Michael Bruce, Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2009.