Martha Woodruff

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Phone: work802.443.5282
Office Hours: Thurs. 10:15 AM- 12:15 PM & Fri. 12:15-1:15 PM and by appointment
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Martha K. Woodruff earned her Ph.D. from Yale University with support from the Mellon Humanities Fellowship. She also studied for two years at Universität-Freiburg with a grant from DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and received her B.A. from Haverford College. Her main areas of research and teaching include Ancient Greek philosophy and its influences on 19th and 20th Century German thought; a more recent interest focuses on women and gender in Greek philosophy and tragedy.

Her publications have examined Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche, and Heidegger, considered both individually and comparatively. She has completed one book manuscript and started another; both examine retrievals of the Greeks by Continental thinkers. In addition, she has recently served a three-year term as Co-Director of the Ancient Philosophy Society.




Recent Publications

Katharsis Revisited: Aristotle on the Significance of the Tragic Emotions.” Newsletter of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy Vol. 8.2 (February 2008)

Untergang und Übergang: The Tragic Descent of Socrates and Zarathustra.” Journal of Nietzsche Studies, Vol. 34 (Fall 2007)

“Plato’s Different Device: Reconciling the One and the Many in the Philebus.” In Philosophy in Dialogue: Plato’s Many Devices. Edited by Gary Alan Scott.Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2007

“The Cat at Play: Nietzsche’s Feline Styles.” In A Nietzschean Bestiary. Edited by Ralph Acampora and Christa Davis Acampora. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004

“The Music-Making Socrates: Plato and Nietzsche Revisited, Philosophy and Tragedy Rejoined.” International Studies in Philosophy, Vol. 34:3 (Fall 2002)

“The Ethics of Generosity and Friendship: Aristotle's Gift to Nietzsche?” In The Question of the Gift. Edited by Mark Osteen. New York, NY: Routledge, 2002


Recent Presentations

“Plato on Belief and Persuasion: A Commentary”, University of Texas at Austin, 35th Annual Workshop on Ancient Philosophy, March 2012

“Heraclitus and Nietzsche: Flux, Play, Logos,” Invited paper, Haverford College, Philadelphia, February 2011

“On Platonic Education: Four Commentaries,” Conference on Greek Paideia Revisited: Ancient Remedies/Contemporary Ills, University of South Florida, Tampa, February 2011

“Aristotle on Soul and Self-Movement: A Commentary,” Ancient Philosophy Society, Michigan State University, April 2010

“The Midwife of Ideas and the Priestess of Pregnancy: Reflections of Philosophical Birth in Plato,” Conference on Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Mothering, University of Oregon, May 2009 [presented in absentia]

“Art after the End of Art: A Commentary.” APA Eastern Division, Panel on Continental Aesthetics, Philadelphia, December 2008

Antigone on Eros, Friendship, and Androgyny.” Invited paper, “Year of Antigones” conference, DePaul University, Chicago, May 2008

Katharsis Revisited: Aristotle on the Significance of the Tragic Emotions.” Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, APA Pacific Division, Pasadena, March 2008

“Über die deutsche Sprache und die deutsche Philosophie.” Invited presentation in German, Middlebury College Summer School of Languages, August 2007

“Plato’s Self-Enacting Methods in the Philebus,” International Plato Society, Trinity College, Dublin, July 2007