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Thornton Lockwood

College positions:
Visiting Fellow
Classics, Philosophy
Quinnipiac University
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Professor Thornton C. Lockwood

Thornton Lockwood is Professor of philosophy at Quinnipiac University. He received a BA in history from Hamilton College, a MA in the Liberal Arts from St. John’s College (Annapolis), and a PhD in Philosophy from Boston University.

His scholarly research focuses on ancient Greek and Roman ethical and political thought. He has co-edited two volumes, Aristote Politique VII: La constitution « selon nos vœux » (Polis, 2019) and Aristotle’s Politics: A Critical Guide (Cambridge University Press, 2015). His research on Aeschylus, Plato, Aristotle, Herodotus, and Cicero has been published in journals such as Phronesis, the Journal of the History of Philosophy, Interpretation, Apeiron, Ancient Philosophy, Classical World, Review of Politics, Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, History of Political Thought, and Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie. Since 2019, he has also been the Editor in Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek and Roman Political Thought.

In addition to his research interests in ancient philosophy, his teaching interests include Greek and Roman history, ethics, global justice, environmental ethics, and the philosophy of war and peace. From 2019-2022, he was the Program Director of Quinnipiac’s First-Year Seminar, a university-wide academic program for 1,600 students that was completely rebooted during his directorship. In Spring 2018 his course War and Peace (and Film) was selected as one of only two CAS participants in the Innovation Expo celebrating President Olian’s inauguration. In Spring 2022 he was awarded the 2021-2022 Student Government Association Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. During the 2022-23 academic year Professor Lockwood is on sabbatical, during which he will be a visiting fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge University, and a Professeur invité at Université Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne in April 2023.

Select publications

  • Artemisia of Halicarnassus: Herodotus’ excellent counsel. Forthcoming in Classical World.
  • Athens and Oran: The Loves and Lessons of Two Plagues, in L. Trepanier, ed., Making Sense of Diseases and Disasters. Reflections of Political Theory from Antiquity to the Age of COVID (Routledge, 2022), pp. 164-173.
  • Aristotle’s Politics on Greeks and non-Greeks. Review of Politics 83.4 (2021): 465–485.
  • What Thomas More learned about Utopia from Herodotus, in J. Opsomer, G. Roskam, and P. Destrée, eds., Ancient Utopian Thought (De Gruyter, 2021), pp. 57–76.
  • Defining friendship in Cicero’s de amicitia, Ancient Philosophy 39.2 (2019): 1–18.
  • Servile Spartans and Free Citizen-Soldiers in Aristotle’s Politics 7–8. Apeiron 51 (2018): 97–123.
  • Political Theorizing in Aeschylus’ Persians. Interpretation 43 (2017): 383–401.
  • Aristotle’s Politics: A Critical Guide. Edited by Thornton Lockwood and Thanassis Samaras. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Select awards

  • 2021-2022 Student Government Association Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award (Quinnipiac University)

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