Michael Lurie, 2013–2014 | National Humanities Center

Michael Lurie (NHC Fellow, 2013–14)

Project Title

Not To Be Born is Best: Greek Pessimism Revisited

Independent Scholar (Russia)

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Fellowship Work Summary, 2013–14

Michael Lurie made considerable progress on his book Not To Be Born Is Best: Greek Pessimism Revisited and finished two articles, one on Iamblichus’s Life of Pythagoras as a neoplatonic biography and a manifesto of a neoplatonic paideia, and the other on Aristotle’s concept of tragic hamartia in the context of his action theory. While at the Center, Lurie was appointed professor of classics at Dartmouth College.