Professor Brad Inwood

Department of Classics and Department of Philosophy

Appointed a University Professor in 2007

Brad Inwood was born in Brockville, Ont. in 1953. He received his BA in Classics from Brock University, and his MA (1975) and PhD (1981) in Classics from the University of Toronto, with his doctoral research focusing on ancient Greek and Roman Stoic philosophy.

After spending 1981-2 at the Department of Classics at Stanford University, where he held a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship, he was hired by the Classics Department at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor in 1982.
His first book, Ethics and Human Action in Early Stoicisim (Oxford, 1985), was the first sustained analysis of several central doctrines of early Stoicism, including moral psychology and value theory. It both places the Stoics in relation to Aristotle and shows the significant ways in which they depart from him. It is now the standard text on these topics, and the starting point for all further investigations.

Inwood was granted tenure and promoted to an Associate Professor in 1986, and in 1987 was also appointed to the Graduate Department of Philosophy.

In 1988, he and a colleague from the Philosophy Department, Lloyd Gerson, edited and translated a collection of readings from post-Aristotelian Greek and Roman philosophy, Hellenistic Philosophy: Introductory Readings (Hackett, 1988; 2nd expanded edition, 1997). It is now the most widely used collection of its kind.

Inwood’s second monograph, The Poem of Empedocles (UTP, 1992; revised and expanded edition, 2001) collects together all the textual evidence (including, in the second edition, recent papyrological findings) for this important fragmentary work. He then argues that Empedocles advances a unified theory of humans and their place in nature, balancing metaphysical and religious concerns.

In 1994, Inwood and Gerson teamed up with Douglas Hutchinson, a third colleague from the Philosophy Department, to publish The Epicurus Reader (Hackett, 1994), again allowing English-speaking students to have fuller access to one of the crucial post-Aristotelian philosophers in the ancient world.

Inwood was appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1994. He was a Fellow at the American National Humanities Centre in 1995-6. Between 1997 and 2005, Inwood edited or co-edited four significant collections of scholarly essays: Assent and Argument: Studies in Cicero ‘s Academic Books, co-edited with Jaap Mansfield (Brill 1997); Cambridge Companion to the Stoics (Cambridge, 2003); Hellenistic and Early Modern Philosophy, co-edited with Jon Miller (Cambridge, 2003); and Language and Learning, co-edited with Dorothea Frede (Cambridge, 2005).

In 2000, Inwood was appointed as the Canada Research Chair in Ancient Philosophy. Since 2001, he has been serving as the Chair of the Department of Classics. In 2004-5, he was a Fellow at Stanford’s Centre for Advanced Study in the Behavioural Sciences.

His most recent book, Reading Seneca: Stoic Philosophy at Rome (Oxford, 2005), shows contemporary philosophers how to read past the Roman literary embellishments with which Seneca surrounds his philosophical arguments. Inwood’s book (and related articles) serves to reinstate Seneca in the philosophical canon.

In 2006, he was cross-appointed to the Department of Philosophy. He is now 0.51 in Classics and 0.49 in Philosophy. 

In addition to his three monographs, four edited collections, and two collections of translated readings, Inwood has also published over 40 scholarly articles, almost 60 book reviews, and has given almost 50 scholarly talks and seminars.

His current project is an annotated translation and commentary of Seneca’s philosophical letters as part of Oxford University Press’s Clarendon Later Ancient Philosophy series. This volume will make Seneca’s hitherto neglected philosophical contributions widely available to contemporary English-speaking philosophers.