Richard Bett

Professor of Philosophy and Chair

Gilman 202
Tuesday & Thursday, 2:00–3:00 pm and By Appointment
Curriculum Vitae


Richard Bett specializes in ancient Greek philosophy, with a particular focus on ethics and epistemology. He also has interests in modern ethics and epistemology, as well as a significant side-interest in Nietzsche. He is the author of Pyrrho, his Antecedents and his Legacy (Oxford, 2000), and of translations of Sextus Empiricus' Against the Ethicists (Oxford, 1997, with introduction and commentary), Against the Logicians (Cambridge, 2005, with introduction and notes), Against the Physicists (Cambridge, 2012, with introduction and notes), and Against Those in the Disciplines (Oxford, 2018, with introduction and notes).  He is also the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Scepticism (2010). A collection of his essays, under the title How to be A Pyrrhonist, was published in 2019 (Cambridge). He has published articles in Phronesis, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Apeiron (of which he is an Editorial Board member), and elsewhere. His publications have been especially on ancient Greek skepticism (sometimes including comparisons with modern approaches to skepticism), but also include papers on the Stoics, Socrates, Plato, the Sophists, and Nietzsche. He spent 1994–95 as a Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington, DC.  From January 2000 to June 2001, he was acting executive director of The American Philosophical Association, and from 2003-13 he was secretary-treasurer of its Eastern Division; since 2013 he has been Vice Chair of its Board of Officers.

Some Forthcoming Articles

Echoes of Sextus Empiricus in Nietzsche?, forthcoming in Epistemology after Sextus Empiricus, ed. Katja Vogt and Justin Vlasits (Oxford)

Prodicus, forthcoming in Early Greek Ethics, ed. David Wolfsdorf (Oxford)

Humor as Philosophical Subversion, Especially in the Skeptics, forthcoming in Laughter and Comedy in Ancient Philosophy, ed. Franco Trivigno and Pierre Destree

Doing Things with Concepts in Sextus Empiricus, forthcoming in The Notion of Concept in Greek Philosophy, ed. Gábor Betegh and Voula Tsouna

The Nature and Purpose of Law in Early Greek Thought, forthcoming in proceedings of the 2018 conference of the International Association for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy