Daniel Silvermintz

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Daniel Silvermintz
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Born1968 (age 54–55)
  • BA in Sociology
  • MA in Sociology
  • MA in Liberal Arts
  • Ph.D. in Political Thought and Philosophy
Alma mater
  • Vassar College
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • St. John's College Annapolis
  • University of Dallas
Notable work
Protagoras: Ancients in Action: London: Bloomsbury Academic (2016)
  • Association for General and Liberal Studides Jerry G. Gaff Faculty Award (2009)
  • UHCL President's Distinguished Teaching Award (2017)
  • UHCL University Faculty Fellow (2018)
EraAncient Philosophy
RegionGreek Philosophy
SchoolWestern Philosophy
InstitutionsUniversity of California-Irvine, University of Houston-Clear Lake
Main interests
Plato, Protagoras, Political Philosophy

Daniel Silvermintz (born 1968) is an American philosopher and academic. He is currently Associate Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. His work focuses on ancient Greek political and ethical thought.

Education and career

Silvermintz grew up in Lynbrook, New York. He earned a BA in Sociology from Vassar College, a MA in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a MA in Liberal Arts from St. John's College Annapolis, and an MA and Ph.D. in Political Thought and Philosophy from the University of Dallas. Since 2004, Silvermintz has taught at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.[1] Silvermintz has had research positions as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California-Irvine and the Institute of Classical Studies[2] Silvermintz work focuses on ancient Greek ethics with particular focus on Socrates’ engagement with the sophists. His study of Protagoras is one of the few book-length works on the founder of the sophistic movement.[3] Silvermintz argues that Protagoras’ relationship with the Athenian general Pericles may have been crucial in influencing the aristocratic statesman’s political turnabout in support of democratic causes.[4] Terry Walsh notes in his review of Silvermintz’s book for Classics for All, “Pericles' political volte-face, as he has it, in 462 BC can be laid at Protagoras' door ... an attractive thesis, supported by a fair and reasoned description of the development of democracy"[5][6]


In 2009, Silvermintz received the Jerry G. Gaff Faculty Award from the Association of General and Liberal Studies.[7] In 2017, he received the UHCL President’s Distinguished Teaching award and was recognized as the 2017-2018 UHCL Outstanding Professor.[8]

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