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William Wians, Ph.D.




Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
B.A., University of Toledo



  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Music
  • Philosophy of Education

Professional Experience


Books and Articles

  • Logos and Muthos: Philosophical Essays in Greek Literature. Edited collection of twelve original contributed articles on philosophical themes in early Greek poetry and literature.  viii + 281 pgs.  SUNY Press, 2009.
  • Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, v. 25.  xiv + 398 pgs.  Co-edited with Gary Gurtler, S.J., Boston College.  Brill, 2010.
  • Reading Aristotle: Argument and Exposition in the Corpus Aristotelicum.  Co-edited collection of fifteen original essays on how expository principles influence the composition and reading of Aristotelian treatises. In progress.


  • “The Agamemnon and Human Knowledge.”  In Logos and Muthos.
  • “Virtue, Practice, and Perplexity in Plato’s Meno.”  Under submission.
  • “Aristotle’s Account of Sexual Differentiation and Parental Resemblance.”  Under submission.
  • “Baby in the Underworld: Beauty and Tragic Vision in Dirty Dancing.”


  • Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Fordham University, October 16-18, 2009.
  • National Collegiate Honors Council convention, Washington, D. C., October 22-25, 2009.
  • Princeton Ancient Philosophy Colloquium, Princeton University, December 5-6, 2009.

Wians received a Ciejek research award in 2005, was named the Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2002 and was invited to give the Last Lecture in October, 2000.  He spoke on “Honoris Causa” at the Merrimack College Honors Convocation, April 27, 2010.




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