CURRICULUM VITAE

Danielle A. Layne, Ph.D.

Gonzaga University, Department of Philosophy 


AREA OF SPECIALIZATION: ANCIENT GREEK and ROMAN PHILOSOPHY with emphasis on Plato and the Platonic tradition

AREAS OF COMPETENCE: Philosophy of Sex and Gender, Existentialism, Early and Feminist Psychoanalysis


EDUCATION

Ph.D. (2009), Institute of Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Dissertation:  Double Ignorance: An Examination of Socratic Moral Wisdom

Directors: Prof. Carlos Steel and Prof. Gerd Van Riel

Committee: Prof. Geert Roskam and Prof. Franco Trabatonni


M.A. (2004), Institute of Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Thesis Concentration:  Heraclitus and the Pre-Socratics in 19th century Germany

Director: Prof. Carlos Steel


B.A. (2002), Loyola University New Orleans

Double Major: Classical Studies and Philosophy             Minor: Drama 


EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Full Professor of Philosophy, Gonzaga University 2022-present

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Gonzaga University, 2017-2022

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Gonzaga University, 2014-2017

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Georgia Southern University, 2011-2014

Visiting Assistant Professor, Loyola University New Orleans, 2010-2011

Lecturer/Teaching Assistant, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 2006-2009


PUBLICATIONS

            *indicates publication after promotion to Associate Professor

Books

1.     Plotinus: Ennead I.5, “On Whether Well Being Increases With Time”: Translation, with an Introduction and Commentary. Las Vegas: Parmenides Publishing, 2021.*

Edited Volumes​

2.     Layne, D., Decker, J., and Vilhauer, M. (eds.), Otherwise than the Binary: New Feminist Readings of Ancient Greek Philosophy and Culture. New York, SUNY Press 2021. *

3.     Layne D., Tarrant, H., Renaud, F. and Baltzly, D. (eds.), Brill Companion to the Reception of Plato in Antiquity. Leiden, Brill: 2018.*

4.     Layne D., and Finamore, J. (eds.), Platonic Pathways: Investigations into Plato and the Platonic Tradition. Las Vegas, Prometheus Trust: 2018.*

5.     Layne D. and Butorac, D. (eds.), Proclus and his Legacy. Berlin, De Gruyter: 2017.*

6.     Layne, D. and Tarrant, H. (eds.), The Neoplatonic Socrates. Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press: 2014.

Peer-Reviewed Articles in Journals and Book Chapters​

1.     “Otherwise Than the Father: Night and the Maternal Causes in Proclus’ Theological Metaphysics” in Women and the Female in Neoplatonism (ed.) J. Schultz,  Lieden, Brill: 2022, pp. #-#.

2. “Divine Mothers: Plotinus’ Erotic Productive Causes,” in Otherwise than the Binary: New Feminist Readings of Ancient Greek Philosophy and Culture, (eds.) Jessica Elbert Decker, Danielle A. Layne, and Monica Vilhauer, New York, SUNY Press 2021, pp.#-# . *

3. “The Virtue of Ignorance in Olympiodorus” in (ed.) L.A. Joose, Olympiodorus of Alexandria: Exegete, Teacher, Platonic Philosopher, Leiden, Brill: 2021, pp.#-#. *

4.     “Torch-Bearing Plato: Why Reason without the Divine is Not Philosophy After All” in (ed.) C. Addey, Divination and Knowledge in Greco-Roman Antiquity, New York: Routledge: 2021, pp.#-#.*

5.     “Feminine Power in Proclus’ Commentary on Plato’s Timaeus”, Hypatia: A Journal for Feminist Philosophy, 2021, pp.120-44.*


6.     “The Value of the Present Moment in Neoplatonic Philosophy”, Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy. Vol. 25:2, 2019, pp. 445-460.*


7.     “Viewing Films as Pseudos, Kalos or Eikos Mythos” co-authored with E. Schmidt in M. Weinman and S. Bildermans (eds.), Plato and the Moving Image. Leiden, Brill: 2018, pp. 37-59.*

8.     “Double Ignorance and the Perversion of Self-Knowledge” in J. Ambury and A. German (eds.), Knowledge and Ignorance of Self in Platonic Philosophy. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press: 2018, pp. 206-222.*

9.     “The Reception of Plato in the Anonymous Prolegomena to Platonic Philosophy” in H. Tarrant, D. Layne, F. Renaud and D. Baltzly (eds.), Brill Companion to the Reception of Plato in Antiquity. Leiden, Brill: 2017, pp. 533-554.*

10.  “Proclus on Socratic Ignorance, Knowledge and Irony” in A. Stavru and C. Moore (eds.), Socrates and the Socratic Dialogue. Leiden, Brill: 2017, pp. 836-854.*


11.  “The Platonic Hero,’” in D. Layne and D Butorac (eds.), Proclus and his Legacy. Berlin, De Gruyter: 2017, pp.53-68.*


12.  “Cosmic Etiology and Demiurgic Mimesis in the Ascent of the Soul” in J. Dillon and A. Timotin (eds.), Platonic Theories of Prayer. Leiden: Brill, 2016, pp. 134-163.

13.   “Socrates Neoplatonicus,” in R. Goulet (ed.), Dictionnaire des philosophes antiques. Paris, C.N.R.S.-Éditions: 2015, pp. 416-438. 


a.     English translation and reduced content reprinted in The Neoplatonic Socrates. Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press: 2014, pp. 167-177. 


14.  “Involuntary Evil and the Socratic Problem of Double Ignorance in Proclus,” The International Journal for the Platonic Tradition, J. Finamore (ed.), Leiden, Brill: Spring 2015, pp. 27-53.


15.   “The Neoplatonic Socrates” co-authored with H. Tarrant in D. A. Layne and H. Tarrant (eds.), The Neoplatonic Socrates.Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press: 2014, pp.1-19.


16.  “The Character of Socrates and the Good of Dialogue Form: Neoplatonic Hermeneutics,” in The Neoplatonic Socrates. (eds.) D. A. Layne and H. Tarrant. Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press: 2014, pp.80-96.


17.  “A Fatal Affair? Socrates’ Foreknowledge and Alcibiades’ Freedom in Proclus,” in P. d’Hoine and G. Van Riel (eds.), Fate, Providence and Moral Responsibility in Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Thought. Leuven, Leuven UP: 2014, pp.267-290.


18.  “Philosophical Prayer in Proclus’ Commentary on Plato’s Timaeus,” Review of Metaphysics, Vol. 67.2, 2013, pp. 345-368.


19.  “From Irony to Enigma: Discovering Double Ignorance in Plato’s Dialogues.” Méthexis: Revista Internacional de Filosofía Antigua/International Journal for Ancient Philosophy. Vol. 23, 2010, pp. 1-18.

20.  “Ceaselessly Testing the Good of Death”Newsletter for the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, 11(1), 2010, pp. 22-32. 


21.  “In Praise of the Mere Presence of Ignorance from Plato to Erasmus.” The Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. Vol. 83, 2009, pp. 253-267. 


22.  “Refutation and Double Ignorance in Proclus.” Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy. Vol. 13:2, 2009, pp. 347-362. 


23.  “What do Socrates, Abelard, and Heidegger have in Common?” [original title] Philosophy for Everyone: College, Sex and Philosophy, (eds.) F. Allhoff and M. Bruce, Wiley-Blackwell Publishers: 2009.


Reviews

1.     Review of S. Abel-Rappe’s Socratic Ignorance and Platonic Knowledge in the Dialogues of Plato (SUNY, 2018) in Polis, March 2019.* 

2.     Review of Coleen P. Zoller. Plato and the Body: Reconsidering Socratic Asceticism, (SUNY, 2018) in the Journal for the History of Philosophy, 2019.*

3.     Review of E. Watts’ Hypatia: The Life and Legend of an Ancient Philosopher (Oxford University Press, 2017) in The Journal of the Platonic Tradition, vol. 11:2, Brill: Leiden, Fall 2017.*


Popular Philosophy

  1. Hypatia: The Good Woman? Blog of the American Philosophical Association: Women in Philosophy. Published July 2019. https://blog.apaonline.org/2018/07/18/hypatia-the-good-woman/#comments*

  1. Platonic Priestesses: Erotic Pedagogy from Antiquity to the Present invited keynote presentation for Women Intellectuals in Antiquity symposium at The University of Oxford. (Feb. 15-16, 2020). https://historyofphilosophy.net/danielle-layne-platonic-priestesses-erotic-pedagogy-antiquity-present*

Forthcoming/Under Contract

Volumes

  1. Soul Matters: Essays in honor of John Finamore, (eds.) Sarah Ahbel-Rappe, C. Addey and D. Layne, Atlanta: Society for Biblical Literature Publishing. (submission of full MS Nov. 2021)


Articles

  1. “The Queer Arche: The Equality of the Male and Female Ruling Principles” in (eds.) S. Ahbel-Rappe, C. Addey and D. Layne, Soul Matters: Essays in honor of John Finamore, Atlanta: Society for Biblical Literature Publishing. (submission of individual essay Jan. 2021)

2.     “Diotima, Erotic Pedagogy and the Queer Soul in Contemporary Platonism” in (ed.) S. Brill, Routledge Companion to Women and Ancient Greek Philosophy, New York: Routledge. (submission date for article June 2022)

Work in Progress (not under contract)

1.     A New Platonism: On First Principles and the Erotic Life (monograph incorporating dissertation and current research in both philosophy and feminist interpretations of antiquity) (sabbatical project)

PRESENTATIONS

International Invitations

Diotima, Erotic Pedagogy and the Queer Soul in Contemporary Platonism invited presentation for Virtual 

Summer Workshop on Women and Ancient Greek Philosophy. (June 28-30, 2021) *

Platonic Priestesses: Erotic Pedagogy from Antiquity to the Present invited keynote presentation for Women Intellectuals in Antiquity symposium at The University of Oxford. (Feb. 15-16, 2020)*

The Queer Soul in Plato and Proclus. Invited presentation for Soul Matters at University of Michigan conference on Neoplatonism. December 2019. 

Divination in Platonic Philosophy. Invited Bradley Lecture Series at the University of Newfoundland. October 2, 2019. 

Feminine Power in Proclus’ Commentary on the Timaeus, Invited presentation for the conference Andrew Mellon Foundation’s “Diversifying Ancient Greek Philosophy.” Hosted by Queens College (Dec. 8, 2018). 

From Night to the Moiria: On Feminine Life in Proclus’ Polytheistic Theology and Metaphysics, International Invitation Only Conference in Bochum, Germany (September 2018). Honorarium (including flight/hotel) approx. $2,500*

Hypatia versus Sosipatra: The Divided Legacy of Neoplatonic Women. Women in Antiquity Panelist Invitation to the 18th annual Ancient Philosophy Society meeting (April 2018). 

Medea and Other Tragic Feminists. Feminism and Greek Tragedy Panelist Invitation for Fairfield University (November 2017) 

 The Shadows of Ignorance in Olympiodorus, International Invitation Only Conference in Utrecht, Netherlands (December 2017) * 

A Pythagorean Heretic: Plato and a New Feminist Reading of the Republic, Invited paper, Leuven, BE (June 2017)*

The Platonic Hero, Invited paper, Eastern meeting of the American Philosophical Association in Philadelphia, PA. Panel organized by the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies. (December 2014)

Cosmic Etiology and Demiurgic Mimesis in the Ascent of the Soul. Invited paper, Eastern meeting of the American Philosophical Association in Baltimore, MD. Panel organized by the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies. (December 2013)

The Prayers of the Resolute in Judeo-Christian and Pagan Traditions. Invited speaker for the 33rd Annual Atlantic Theological Conference in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Organized by Thomas Curran University of King's College, Halifax (June 2013) Honorarium (including flight/hotel) $1,500

An Enigmatic Socrates and the Concept of Double Ignorance in Plato’s Dialogues. Invited Guest Lecture at Milan University. (Feb. 2010) Honorarium (including flight/hotel) $500


International Peer-Reviewed Papers

The Value of the Present Moment in Neoplatonic Philosophy. Refereed paper, 17th annual meeting of the Ancient Philosophy Society. Host: Baylor University (April 2017)*

Philosophical Prayer in Proclus’ Commentary on Plato’s Timaeus. Refereed paper, 13th annual meeting of the Ancient Philosophy Society. Host: The University of Notre Dame. (April 2013)

A Neo-Socratic? Proclus on Socratic Irony, Ignorance and Knowledge. Refereed paper, the Canadian Colloquium for Ancient Philosophy. Host: The University of Alberta. (May 2012)

Why Dialogue Form? Platonic Hermeneutics. Refereed paper, 11th annual meeting of the Ancient Philosophy Society. Host: Sundance Resorts and Utah Valley University. (April 2011)

Continuously Testing the Good of Death.  Refereed Paper, The Society of Ancient Greek Philosophy, APA Eastern Division Meeting, Boston, MA. (Dec. 2010)

Defending the Mere Presence of Ignorance from Plato to Erasmus. Refereed paper, annual meeting of American Catholic Philosophical Association. Host: Loyola University New Orleans. (Nov. 2009)

Refutation and Double Ignorance in Proclus.  Refereed paper, the 8th Independent Meeting of the Ancient Philosophic Society. Host: The New School, NY. (April 2008)


International Peer-Reviewed Abstracts

Divination in Platonic Philosophy. Refereed Abstract, International Society for Neoplatonic Studies Virtual Conference. Host: The University of Athens. (June 2021). *

The Feminine in Neoplatonic Philosophy. Refereed Abstract, International Society for Neoplatonic Studies in Los Angeles. Host: Loyola Marymount University. (June 2018).*

Know Thyself and the Erotic Nature of Becoming Like a God. Refereed Abstract, International Society for Neoplatonic Studies in Seattle, WA. Host: Gonzaga University. (June 2016).

The Hermeneutics of the Anonymous Prolegomena to Platonic Philosophy. Refereed Abstract, Society of Classical Studies, San Francisco, CA. Panel organized by the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies. (January 2016)

The Value of the Present Moment in Neoplatonic Philosophy. Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy with the Society of Islamic Philosophy Meeting. Host: Fordham University. (Oct. 2015)

The Immortal Soul and the Value of the Present Moment, Manchester, Warwickshire, UK. Refereed Abstract, Prometheus Trust 10thannual conference. (July 2015)

The Good of Dialogue Form in Neoplatonic Hermeneutics. Refereed abstract, 144th annual meeting of the American Philological Society in Seattle, WA. Panel organized by the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies. (January 2013)

The Neoplatonic Answer to ‘What is X?” Refereed abstract, 145th American Philological Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. Panel organized by the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies. (January 2014)

Proclus and Philosophical Prayer. Arxai: Proclus Diadochus of Constantinople and his Abrahamic interpreters, conference in celebration of the 1600th anniversary of the birth Proclus in Istanbul, Turkey. (December 2012)

A Fatal Affair? Proclus on Socrates and Alcibiades. The 10th annual International Society for Neoplatonic Studies Conference, Calgliari, Sardinia. (June 2012)

The Cause of Conceit and Double Ignorance in Proclus. 9th annual meeting of the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies. Host: Emory University in Atlanta, GA. (June 2011)

Neoplatonic Hermeneutics and the Integrity of Plato’s Preludes. 8th Annual International Society for Neoplatonic Studies, Madrid. (June 2010)

The Cause of Conceit in Plato, Epictetus and Proclus. Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy with the Society of Islamic Philosophy Meeting. Host: Fordham University. (Oct. 2009)


Local Invitations

Sexual Assault and the Colonized Mind. Paper presentation for Gonzaga University’s DAPL Teach-In. Organized by Dr. Brian Henning and Dr. Danielle A. Layne. (Feb. 2017)*

The Value of the Present Moment in Neoplatonism. Invited paper for SaGE (Seattle University and Gonzaga University Exchange. (November 2015 and April 2016)

 The Pedagogical Value of Myth in Antiquity and Plato, Invited paper for Gonzaga University’s What Can We Learn Series. Organized by Dr. Wayne Pomerleau. (March 2015)

The Present Moment in Epicurean, Stoic and Neoplatonic Conceptions of Happiness. Invited lecture for the Classical Civilizations Department, Gonzaga University. (November 2014)

Double Ignorance and Elenchos in Proclus’ Commentary on Plato’s Parmenides. DWMC Graduate Presentations, Higher Institute of Philosophy. (Feb. 2008)

Ignorance and the Ancient Philosophical Life: Rethinking Socratic Intellectualism.  Interlink Workshop and Conference at the University of Bari and European Graduate School for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy. (July 2007)

Socratic Ethics in Aristotle: An Examination of the Nicomachean Ethics. DWMC Lecture Series on Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition, Higher Institute of Philosophy. (Nov. 2005)


TEACHING EXPERIENCE


GONZAGA UNIVERSITY

Associate Professor of Philosophy


Spring 2022

PHIL 201 01, 02 Human Nature

Fall 2021

PHIL 201  05,06 Human Nature

PHIL 425                  PLATO

Spring 2021

PHIL 432/491 06 & 12              Art, Identity and Justice (emergency relief for Prof. E. Schmidt)


Spring 2020

PHIL 301 FL 01, 02 & 03          Ethics


Fall 2019

PHIL 305                                 Ancient Philosophy

PHIL CIS 487 01                      Philosophy of Sex and Gender


Spring 2019

PHIL 432 03 & 16/491 03 & 09 Classical Critics of Democracy

Fall 2018

PHIL 487 01 & 02                     Philosophy of Sex and Gender 

PHIL  201 01                            Human Nature


Spring 2018

PHIL 487 01 & 02                     Philosophy of Sex and Gender


Fall 2017

PHIL H 201 01 & 2                   Human Nature

PHIL 305                                 Ancient Philosophy


Spring 2017

FYS PHIL 193  01 & 02           Philosophical Mythology

PHIL/SOSJ 414                         Ancient Concepts of Justice (Grad Cross-List)


Fall 2016

PHIL 487 01 & 02                     Philosophy of Sex and Gender (Grad Cross-List)

PHIL 577                                 Graduate Plato Seminar


(Summer 2016)

PHIL 201                                 Human Nature

PHIL 301                                 Ethics


(Spring 2016)

PHIL 201  03                            Human Nature

PHIL 486 01 & 02                    Ancient Philosophical Therapy


(Fall 2015)

PHIL 201 16                            Human Nature

PHIL 401 01                            History of Ancient Philosophy

PHIL 481 01                             Ancient Concepts of Justice


(Summer 2015)

PHIL 201 F04 & S03               Human Nature (Online)

PHIL 301 FLO                         Ethics 

(Spring 2015)

PHIL 201 04 & 05                    Human Nature

PHIL 484 002                          Ancient Therapies of the Soul


(Fall 2014)

PHIL 301  04 & 06                    Ethics

PHIL 484 01                            Major Figures and Movements: Neoplatonism (Grad Cross-List)


GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Assistant Professor of Philosophy 


(Spring 2014)

PHIL 2010 B                           Introduction to Philosophy         

PHIL 3030 A                           Medieval Philosophy

PHIL 3030 B                           Mythos and Logos (Independent study on mythology and philosophy)


(Fall 2013)

PHIL 3431 A                           Ancient Philosophy

PHIL 2010 A & B                    Introduction to Philosophy                     


(Summer 2013)

PHIL 3030 A & ENGL 5090 A  Myth, Tragedy and Literature as Philosophy

PHIL 1030 C                           Introduction to Philosophy

PHIL 3030 C                           History of Western Philosophy (IS on Aristotle’s Metaphysics)


(Spring 2013)

PHIL 1030 C & E                    Introduction to Philosophy 

PHIL 3030 A                           Plato 


(Fall 2012)

PHIL 3431 A                            Ancient Philosophy

PHIL 1030 C                            Introduction to Philosophy

            

(Summer 2012)

PHIL 1030 A                           Introduction to Philosophy

PHIL 3030 B                           Plato 


(Spring 2012)

PHIL 3334 A                            Environmental Ethics

PHIL 1030 B                            Introduction to Philosophy


(Fall 2011)

PHIL 3431 A                           Ancient Philosophy

PHIL 1030 D & PHIL 1030H A Introduction to Philosophy


LOYOLA UNIVERSITY NEW ORLEANS

Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy 

(2010-2011)

Worldviews and Ethics (two sections + one summer online section)

Honors Seminar: The Self and the Good Life (two sections) 

Introduction to Philosophy (three sections)

The Hellenistic and Imperial Philosophers 


KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN, Philosophy Department

Instructor of Philosophy

(2006-2010) 

Research in Philosophy Seminar—Pre-Socratic Philosophy                                 

Ancient Philosophy Seminar—Plato’s Republic

Ancient Philosophy Seminar—Socrates and the Hellenistic Tradition 

Introduction to Reading and Writing in Philosophy—Ancient Ethics

Introduction to Reading and Writing in Philosophy—Plato’s Apology