2020 applicants

Dr Ellisif Wasmuth

School of Philosophy and Art History
Dr Ellisif Wasmuth
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872622

  • Location

    6.144, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Spring 2020: Monday 2-3 pm Thursday 12-1 pm NB! No ASH on Thursday 30th January



Born in Norway, Istudied philosophy and engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) before moving to London to do an MPhilSt in Philosophy at Kings College London. I completed my PhD in 2016 at the Faculty of Classics at the University of Cambridge, and worked as a Stipendiary Lecturer at St Johns College, Oxford beforejoining the University of Essex in 2017.


  • PhD University of Cambridge,

  • MPhilSt King's College London,

  • BA Norwegian University of Science and Technology,

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Ancient Philosophy, with particular focus on Plato

ancient conceptions of the self and self-knowledge

Socratic ethics

the Platonic dialogueAlcibiades I.

Current research

Plato: First Alcibiades

Book project. In progress.

“Plato on self-knowledge as mirroring: Alc. I 132d1–133c8”

Journal article. In progress.

“Why Socrates’ legs don’t run off to Megara: moral deliberation in Plato’s Crito”

Journal article. In progress.

Conferences and presentations

Institute of Classical Studies Speaker series

Invited presentation, Invited Speaker Series, London, United Kingdom, 12/2/2018

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • The World in Question: The Social, Cultural, Political & Environmental Legacies of the Enlightenment (CS201)

  • Ancient Philosophy (PY431)

  • Reading texts from the history of philosophy (PY436)


Journal articles (3)

Wasmuth, E., Why Socrates' legs didn't run off to Megara: Moral deliberation in Plato's 'Crito'. Phronesis: a journal for ancient philosophy

Wasmuth, E., (2018). Selverkjennelse og Statsmannskunst i Alkibiades I (Self-knowledge and statesmanship in Alcibiades I). Agora. 2018 (2-3), 20-45

Wasmuth, E., (2015). ΩΣΠΕΡ ΟΙ ΚΟΡYΒΑΝΤΙΩΝΤΕΣ: THE CORYBANTIC RITES IN PLATO'S DIALOGUES. The Classical Quarterly. 65 (1), 69-84


+44 (0) 1206 872622


6.144, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Spring 2020: Monday 2-3 pm Thursday 12-1 pm NB! No ASH on Thursday 30th January