Myles Burnyeat

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Myles Burnyeat
Born (1939-01-01) 1 January 1939 (age 76)
Nationality British
Fields Ancient philosophy
Institutions Robinson College, Cambridge
All Souls College, Oxford
Alma mater King's College, Cambridge

Myles Fredric Burnyeat CBE FBA (born 1 January 1939)[1] is an English scholar of ancient philosophy.


Educated at Bryanston School and King’s College, Cambridge, Burnyeat was a student of Bernard Williams at University College London.

He became an assistant lecturer in philosophy at University College London in 1964, and a lecturer in 1965. In 1978, he was appointed a lecturer in classics at the University of Cambridge, and became a fellow of the new Robinson College, Cambridge, where he remained until 1996.

In 1984, he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy[1] and appointed as the fifth Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy at Cambridge, a position he held until 1996.[2]

From 1996, he was Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at All Souls College, Oxford, before returning in 2006 to Robinson College.

He was president of the Aristotelian Society from 2005 to 2006.[3]

In 2007, he was made CBE and a Festschrift in his honour (Maieusis: Essays in Ancient Philosophy in Honour of Myles Burnyeat) was published.

From 1984 to 2000 he was married to the classicist and poet Ruth Padel.[4] From winter 2002 until her death in spring 2003 he was married to the scholar of ancient philosophy Heda Segvic, whose essays he prepared for publication.[5]


See also[edit]

  • Maieusis: Essays in Ancient Philosophy in Honour of Myles Burnyeat, edited by Dominic Scott, Oxford University Press 2007, ISBN 0-19-928997-2


  1. ^ a b British Academy Fellowship entry
  2. ^ Cambridge University database
  3. ^ The Aristotelian Society - The Council
  4. ^ Relative Values: Ruth Padel and Gwen Burnyeat, The Sunday Times, 8 March 2009
  5. ^ Introduction by Charles Brittain to From Protagoras to Aristotle: Essays in Ancient Moral Philosophy by Heda Segvic
Academic offices
Preceded by
Gwilym Ellis Lane Owen
Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy Cambridge University
1984 - 1996
Succeeded by
Gisela Striker
Preceded by
Timothy Williamson
President of the Aristotelian Society
2005 - 2006
Succeeded by
Thomas Baldwin