Completed PhD: Dr Charles Doyle (2018)

Studies in the Latin Christian reception of early Greek materialism

This thesis examines the legacy of the Presocratic philosophers as transmitted through the doxographical tradition in Late Antiquity and the Early Medieval period. By investigating attestations of doxographies in literature during these eras this thesis demonstrates how authors engaged with the Presocratic philosophers. In doing so, I argue that the opinions (doxai) of the Presocratics on nature were used as tools by writers to a variety of ends within the contexts of polemic, exegesis and historiography.

Supervisors: Dr Pádraic Moran
Funding: Galway Doctoral Fellowship (2014–2015), Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship (2015–2018)

Research area: the Latin tradition