Melissa Lane

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Melissa Lane is a full professor of politics at Princeton University,[1] a position she has held since 2009.[2] Prior to this, she was a Senior Research Fellow[2] of King's College, Cambridge and Associate Director of their Centre for History and Economics. She was a lecturer at Cambridge from 1994 to 2009.[2]

Academic career[edit]

She graduated from Harvard University 'summa cum laude' with a degree in Social Studies. As a Marshall, Truman, and Phi Beta Kappa scholar, Lane went on to earn an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Cambridge.



  • Plato’s Progeny: How Socrates and Plato still captivate the modern mind. Duckworth, 2001. Reviewed in
    • Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews,
    • Heythrop Journal
    • Mind,
    • Times Literary Supplement,
    • Greece and Rome, '
    • Philosophy in Review,
    • Phronesis,
    • Prudentia,
    • Review of Politics,
  • Method and Politics in Plato's Statesman. Cambridge University Press, 1998. Reviewed in
    • Polis
    • Athenaeum
    • Archives de Philosophie,
    • Classical Review,
    • Classical World
    • Ethicsw
    • Greece and Rome
    • Heythrop Journal
    • Journal of the History of Philosophy,
    • Review of Metaphysics
    • Phronesis.
  • Greek and Roman Political Ideas (Pelican Books, 2014) ISBN 978-0141976150.

Peer-reviewed journal articles[edit]


  • "The evolution of eironeia in classical Greek texts: why Socratic eironeia is not Socratic irony", Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 31 (2006) 49-83.
  • "Argument and Agreement in Plato’s Crito", History of Political Thought 19:3 (1998) 313-330.
  • "The utopianism of Hamilton’s state of needs: on rights, deliberation, and the nature of politics", South African Journal of Philosophy 25 (2006) 207-213.
  • "Why History of Ideas At All?", History of European Ideas 28:1-2 (2002) 33-41.
  • "States of Nature, Epistemic and Political", Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (1998-1999) 1-24.
  • "Plato, Popper, Strauss, and Utopianism: Open Secrets?", History of Philosophy Quarterly 16:2 (April 1999) 119-42



  1. ^ "Professor Melissa Lane". 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Curriculum Vitae: Melissa Lane, July 2013, retrieved 12 May 2014 

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