14JUNSenior Graduation - Class of 2019The Nikopolis Hotel
Commencement Ceremony for the Graduating Class of 2019
Friday, June 14. 8.00 pm at The Nikopolis Hotel
Dr. Alexander Nehamas
Princeton University - Edmund N. Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities. Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature
Alexander Nehamas was born in Athens, graduated from Athens College, and attended Swarthmore College and Princeton University, where he is currently Edmund Carpenter Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature. Before coming to Princeton, he taught at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Nietzsche: Life as Literature, Virtues of Authenticity: Essays on Plato and Socrates, The Art of Living: Socratic Reflections from Plato to Foucault, Only a Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art, and On Friendship, and a translator of Plato’s Symposium and Phaedrus. At Princeton, he has chaired the Council of the Humanities, directed the Program in Hellenic Studies, and was the Founding Director of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts. In 1993, he was the Sather Lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley. He has received a Mellon Foundation Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities, and was named a Commander of the Order of the Phoenix by the Greek Government. In 2018, he was elected to the Chair of the History of Philosophy in the Academy of Athens. Influenced by the place of philosophy in the life of Ancient Greece and Rome as well as by Nietzsche, he questions the transformation of philosophy from a way of living into a purely academic discipline. Similarly, he holds the view that the arts constitute an indispensable part of human life and not a separate domain, of interest only to a few. He teaches courses on Plato, Nietzsche, the philosophy of art, and intention and action.