Grant Bartolomé Dowling

  • Stanford University
  • Joint Program for Ancient Philosophy
  • PhD Candidate

Grant Bartolomé Dowling is in his third year of the Joint Program for Ancient Philosophy at Stanford University; he is a broadly-trained student of ancient philosophy interested in the coherence of discrete domains of inquiry (like metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics) and philosophical reception. He has served as the graduate facilitator for the research workshop Ethics and Politics, Ancient and Modern and currently facilitates the Stanford’s research workshop in Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts. His other interests include aesthetics, global philosophy, and internalist theories of meaning.

Grant graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities with a minor in Classical Studies. Favoring courses in the Committee on Social Thought, his primary field was Platonic Ethics, buttressed by allied fields in Italian Humanism and Modern Art. He wrote his honors undergraduate thesis on James Joyce’s use of the Platonic ‘technic’ dialectic in Episode 9 of Ulysses with Thomas Pavel. Grant then received an M.A. in Classical Studies from Columbia University in 2016. His M.A. thesis, supervised by Wolfgang Mann, traces the legacy of the circular motion of Anaxagoras’s cosmic governor, nous, in Plato’s epistemology. Following graduation, Grant served as the programming assistant at the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.

Grant has presented at graduate workshops on Thracian Stereotypes in Pseudo-Euripides’s Rhesus at Rutgers University, the Justice of the City of Pigs in Plato’s Republic at Cambridge University, and Plato’s Erotic Reception of Parmenides at Columbia University, and Measuring Knowledge in the Socratic Dialogues at Stanford University. He also delivered talks at conferences on the Influence of Anaxagoras’ Circular Motion on the Development of Epistemology at the University of Pennsylvania and James Joyce’s Literary Metempsychosis in Ulysses at CUNY. In Fall 2015 he was the course assistant for a Manhattan College course entitled “Criminal Justice Ethics” at Rikers Island; all eight incarcerated students passed gaining admission and a full-scholarship to Manhattan College.