Carrie E. Swanson

Associate Professor

Dr. Swanson’s area of specialization is ancient Greek philosophy. Her current research investigates ancient theories of refutation, syllogistic reasoning, and dialectic, especially in Plato and Aristotle.

Her interests in ancient philosophy are however very broad, and include Aristotle’s philosophy of science and metaphysics; ancient theories of perception; the moral psychology and virtue ethics of Plato and Aristotle; and Hellenistic medicine and skepticism.

Her secondary philosophical interests are focused primarily on four areas: medieval metaphysics and logic; philosophy of language (especially the pragmatics of conversation and questions); epistemology (especially virtue epistemology and problems of testimony and disagreement); and metaphysics (especially essentialism, universals, and hylomorphism).

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Honors and awards

  • Rutgers Graduate School-New Brunswick Dissertation Teaching Award 2009-2010.
  • Rutgers University Sellon Dissertation Fellowship 2008-2009.


  • Plato: Euthydemus. Introduction, translation, and notes. Hackett. Under contract. 

Peer-reviewed articles

  • ‘Socratic Dialectic between Philosophy and Politics in Euthydemus 305e5-306d1’, Plato Journal: The Journal of the International Plato Society. Volume 19, December 2018. 73 pages. (Word count: 30, 912.)
  •  ‘John Doris’ Excellence Adventure’, Journal of Ancient Philosophy. Volume 12 Issue 1 2018. 50 pages. (Word count: 17, 510.)
  •  ‘Aristotle on Ignorance of the Definition of Refutation’, Apeiron: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science. Volume 50:2 2017, 153-196. (Word count: 22, 054.) Published online 03 November 2016.
  • ‘Begging the Question as a Criticism of an Argument in Itself in Topics 8.11’, History and Philosophy of Logic. Volume 37:1 2016, 33-77. Published online 13 October 2015. DOI: 10.1080/01445340.2015.1088352
  • ‘Aristotle’s Expansion of the Taxonomy of Fallacy in Sophistici Elenchi 8’, Philosophiegeschichte und logische Analyse (Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy), Volume 15 2013, 200-237. (Word count: 15, 672.)

Articles under peer review

  • ‘Socrates’ Iolaus and the Resolution of Fallacy in Plato’s Euthydemus’. 61 pages. Revise and resubmit.
  • 'Sextus Makes a House Call: Medical Sophisms in Outlines of Pyrrhonism II 229-256'. 47 pages. Revise and resubmit.

Book projects in progress

  • Socratic Dialectic and the Resolution of Fallacy in Plato’s Euthydemus.

Articles in progress

  • ‘Producing Wonder without Tears (or Fallacy) in Euthydemus 278e-282e’.
  • ‘Threading the Labyrinth in Plato’s Euthydemus’.
  • ‘The Limitations of Socratic Dialectic in Plato’s Sophist’.
  • ‘The Rotational Model of Mind in Plato’s Timaeus’.
  •  ‘Dialectic and Moral Expertise in Plato’s Protagoras’.
  •  ‘Aristotle on the Resolution of Disagreement in the Diagnosis of Fallacy’. 

Committees and service

  • Director of Owl of Minerva film series, UI Philosophy
  • Undergraduate Studies Committee, UI Philosophy
  • Faculty Assembly, UI Philosophy

Carrie E. Swanson Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Research areas
  • Ancient history of philosophy
  • Epistemology
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of language
Carrie E. Swanson
PhD, Rutgers University (New Brunswick)
Contact Information

University of Iowa
256 English-Philosophy Building (EPB)
251 W. Iowa Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States