David Glidden



Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus

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Ph.D., Princeton University, 1971

Areas of Interest

History of philosophy (especially Greco-Roman philosophers) and the spiritual life of philosophy as a practiced way of life.


Professor Glidden divides his own research interests between the history of philosophy (especially Greco-Roman philosophers) and the spiritual life of philosophy as a practiced way of life. As an historian he has written on a range of figures from Socrates, the Sophists, and the Cynics, to Plato, Aristotle, and Theophrastus, as well as the Hellenistics (Epicureans, Stoics, and skeptics), Middle-Platonists (such as Plutarch), various Roman philosophers, such as Cicero, Seneca, Augustine, and beyond. He has taught these figures to undergraduates and graduate students in both Philosophy and Classics. His interest in philosophy as a practiced way of life has connected specifically with the writings of Josiah Royce, American pragmatists from William James to Richard Rorty, as well as the writings and practices of Thich Nhat Hanh’s engaged Buddhism and assorted spiritual figures from Jesus to Rilke and Jung. He has addressed issues raised by such figures in an assortment of courses dealing with the care of the soul, the meaning of life, democracy in America, social philosophy, immigration, nationalism, and the mor(t)ality of war.

Dr. Glidden retired from active teaching at UCR in 2013.

Sample Publications:

     Recent Articles:

  • “Requiem for Philosophy,” Religion, 1998
  • “Commonplaces,” in A. Light and J.M. Smith, eds., Philosophy of Geography III: Philosophies of Place, Rowman & Littlefield, 1998
  • “Augustine’s Hermeneutics and the Principle of Charity,” Ancient Philosophy, 1997.
  • “Moral Vision, Orthos Logos, and the Role of the Phronimos,” APEIRON Special Issue, 1996.
  • “Josiah Royce’s Reading of Plato’s Theaetetus,” History of Philosophy Quarterly, 1996.
  • “Sextus and the Erotetic Fallacy,” in G. Manetti, ed., Knowledge through Signs: Ancient Semiotic Theories and Practices, Brepol, 1996
  • “Philo of Larissa and Platonism,” in R.H. Popkin, ed., Skepticism in the History of Philosophy, Kluwer, 1996
  • “Death Angels & Physician Assisted Suicide,” Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, 1995
  • “Platonic Recognition and the Ontological Connection,” History of Philosophy Quarterly, 1992
  • “The Elusiveness of Moral Recognition and the Imaginary Place of Fiction,” Midwest Studies, 1990
  • “Hellenistic Background for Gassendi’s Theory of Ideas,” Journal of the History of Ideas, 1988
  • “Protagorean Obliquity,” History of Philosophy Quarterly, 1988
  • “Epicurean Prolepsis,” Oxford Studies in Classical Philosophy, 1985
  • “Aristotelian Perception and the Hellenistic Problem of Representation,” Ancient Philosophy, 1984