The Biggs Family Residency in Classics: Dr. Victor Caston

Professor of Philosophy and Classical Studies, University of Michigan

Dr. Caston is the world’s leading interpreter of Aristotle’s account of the human mind, and his expertise extends over a range of topics in metaphysics and epistemology and from Aristotle’s Presocratic predecessors to his Hellenistic and late antique successors. Along with dozens of scholarly articles, he is the author of a translation and commentary on Alexander of Aphrodisias’ On the Soul, Part I, co-editor of the volumes of essays Our Ancient Wars: Rethinking War through the Classics and Presocratic Philosophy: Essays in Honour of Alexander Mourelatos, and editor of numerous volumes in the series Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy. In addition to faculty positions at Michigan, UC-Davis, and Brown, Dr. Caston has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and the Center for Hellenic Studies.

For an overview of Dr. Caston's accomplishments and links to some of his publications, visit his profile on the University of Michigan's Ancient Philosophy website.

Dr. Caston will be holding office hours in Umrath Hall, Room 233 from 2pm-3pm on Wednesday, April 19th and Thursday, April 20th.



Monday, April 17th, 4:00pm - Lecture: The Stoics on Mental Representation

Location: Umrath Lounge

Introduction by Cathy Keane, Professor and Chair of Classics

A reception with refreshments provided will precede the lecture at 3:30pm


Wednesday, April 19th, 4:00pm - Seminar: Aristotle on Illusions, Hallucinations and Dreams: Is He a Direct Realist?

Location: McDonnell Hall, Room 162

Introduction by Eric Brown, Associate Professor of Philosophy

A reception with refreshments provided will precede the seminar at 3:30pm


Thursday, April 20th, 4:00pm - Lecture: The Veil of Perception

Location: Women's Building Formal Lounge

Introduction by Luis Salas, Assistant Professor of Classics

A reception with refreshments provided will follow the lecture at 5:00pm



To protect our community, attendees will be asked to wear masks during the lectures and seminar. Thank you for your understanding.