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|Born||1968 (age 54–55)|
|Protagoras: Ancients in Action: London: Bloomsbury Academic (2016)|
|Institutions||University of California-Irvine, University of Houston-Clear Lake|
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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. Silvermintz has had research positions as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California-Irvine and the Institute of Classical Studies 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. 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. 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"
In 2009, Silvermintz received the Jerry G. Gaff Faculty Award from the Association of General and Liberal Studies. In 2017, he received the UHCL President’s Distinguished Teaching award and was recognized as the 2017-2018 UHCL Outstanding Professor.
- Protagoras: Ancients in Action. (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016).
- “Socrates’ Critique of 21st Century Neuroscience.” Scientific American (July 2019).
- “Cheaters Win When They Make the Rules: Sophistic Ethics in Protagoras’ Prometheus Myth.” Electra 4 (2018): 153-174.
- “Plato and Food.” In Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics, edited by Paul B. Thompson and David M. Kaplan. Dordrecht: Springer Reference, first publish 2014, second edition 2019. 1496–1502.
- “Plato’s Supposed Defense of the Division of Labor: A Re-examination of Job Specialization in Plato’s Republic.” History of Political Economy 42.4 (2010): 747–772
- “Unravelling the Shroud for Laertes and Weaving the Fabric of the City: Kingship and Politics in Homer’s Odyssey.” Polis: The Journal of the Society for Greek Political Thought 21 (2004): 26–42n.
In the media
- Professor Silvermintz's UHCL Faculty Profile
- Visiting Scholars at the Institute of Classical Studies
- [ http://www.bayareahoustonmag.com/uhcl-professor-pens-book-on-protagoras/ UHCL Professor Pens Book on Protagoras]
- See Chapter 2 "Protagoras and Pericles" in Protagoras: Ancients in Actions
- Protagoras (Ancients in Action)
- Daniel Silvermintz’s page on PhilPeople
- Association for General and Liberal Studies Jerry G. Gaff Faculty Award
- Distinguished alumni, outstanding professor lauded at UHCL celebration
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