Danielle A. Layne, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy, Director of Philosophy Graduate Program

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...

Portrait of Danielle Layne, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy, Director of Philosophy Graduate Program

Contact Information

  • Office Hours Fall 2022
    Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.

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

Classical Critics of Democracy

Philosophy of Sex and Gender

Philosophy of Human Nature

Ancient Philosophical Therapy



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.

Books

Plotinus: Ennead I.5, “On Whether Well Being Increases With Time”: Translation, with an Introduction and Commentary. Las Vegas: Parmenides Publishing, 2022.

Edited Volumes

Layne, D., Ahbel-Rappe, S., and Addey, C. (eds.), Soul Matters: Essays in honor of John Finamore, Atlanta: Society for Biblical Literature Publishing. (forthcoming 2023)

Layne, D., Decker, J., and Vilhauer, M. (eds.), Otherwise than the Binary: New Feminist Readings of Ancient Greek Philosophy and Culture. New York, SUNY Press 2021.

Layne D., Tarrant, H., Renaud, F. and Baltzly, D. (eds.), Brill Companion to the Reception of Plato in Antiquity. Leiden, Brill: 2018.

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

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

Peer-Reviewed Articles in Journals and Book Chapters

“Divine Names and the Mystery of Diotima,” in The Routledge Companion to Women in Ancient Philosophy, (ed.) S. Brill and C. McKeen, Milton Park, Routledge, forthcoming 2023.

“The Indefinite Dyad and the Equality of the Male and Female Ruling Principles,” in Soul Matters: Essays in honor of J. Finamore, (ed.) S. Ahbel-Rappe, C. Addey and D. Layne, SBL, forthcoming 2023

“Otherwise Than the Father: Night and the Maternal Causes in Proclus’ Theological Metaphysics” in Women and the Female in Neoplatonism (ed.) J. Schultz, Leiden, Brill: 2022.

“Divine Mothers: Plotinus’ Erotic Productive Causes,” in Otherwise than the Binary: New Feminist Readings of Ancient Greek Philosophy and Culture, (eds.) Jessica Elbert Decker, Danielle A. Layne, and Monica Vilhauer, New York, SUNY Press 2021.

“The Virtue of Ignorance in Olympiodorus” in (ed.) L.A. Joose, Olympiodorus of Alexandria: Exegete, Teacher, Platonic Philosopher, Leiden, Brill: 2021.

“Torch-Bearing Plato: Why Reason without the Divine is Not Philosophy After All” in (ed.) C. Addey, Divination and Knowledge in Greco-Roman Antiquity, New York: Routledge: 2021.

“Feminine Power in Proclus’ Commentary on Plato’s Timaeus”, Hypatia: A Journal for Feminist Philosophy, 2021, pp.120-44.

“The Value of the Present Moment in Neoplatonic Philosophy”, Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy. Vol. 25:2, 2019, pp. 445-460.

“Viewing Films as Pseudos, Kalos or Eikos Mythos” co-authored with E. Schmidt in M. Weinman and S. Bildermans (eds.), Plato and the Moving Image. Leiden, Brill: 2018, pp. 37-59.

“Double Ignorance and the Perversion of Self-Knowledge” in J. Ambury and A. German (eds.), Knowledge and Ignorance of Self in Platonic Philosophy. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press: 2018, pp. 206-222.

“The Reception of Plato in the Anonymous Prolegomena to Platonic Philosophy” in H. Tarrant, D. Layne, F. Renaud and D. Baltzly (eds.), Brill Companion to the Reception of Plato in Antiquity. Leiden, Brill: 2017, pp. 533-554.

“Proclus on Socratic Ignorance, Knowledge and Irony” in A. Stavru and C. Moore (eds.), Socrates and the Socratic Dialogue. Leiden, Brill: 2017, pp. 836-854.

“The Platonic Hero,’” in D. Layne and D Butorac (eds.), Proclus and his Legacy. Berlin, De Gruyter: 2017, pp.53-68.

“Cosmic Etiology and Demiurgic Mimesis in the Ascent of the Soul” in Platonic Theories of Prayer, (eds.) John Dillon and Andrei Timotin. (2016), pp. 134-163.

“Socrates Neoplatonicus,” Dictionnaire des philosophes antiques, (ed.) Richard Goulet. Paris, C.N.R.S.-Éditions: (2015), pp. 416-438.
English translation and reduced content reprinted in The Neoplatonic Socrates. Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press: 2014, pp. 167-177.

“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), pp. 27-53.

“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, pp.1-19.

“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, pp.80-96.

“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, pp. 267-290.

“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.

Reviews

Review of S. Abel-Rappe’s Socratic Ignorance and Platonic Knowledge in the Dialogues of Plato (SUNY, 2018) in Polis, March 2019.

Review of Coleen P. Zoller. Plato and the Body: Reconsidering Socratic Asceticism, (SUNY, 2018) in the Journal for the History of Philosophy, 2019.

Review of E. Watts’ Hypatia: The Life and Legend of an Ancient Philosopher (Oxford University Press, 2017) in The Journal of the Platonic Tradition, vol. 11:2, Brill: Leiden, Fall 2017.