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Lewis Trelawny-Cassity

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Contact Information

Office: 224 McGregor Hall

Phone: 937-319-0113


Assistant Professor of Philosophy Lewis Trelawny-Cassity’s areas of teaching interest are the history of philosophy, political philosophy, and environmental ethics. As an undergraduate, Lew majored in English Literature and Environmental Policy at Warren Wilson College. After a few years of working in a plumbing warehouse in Kendall Square, Massachusetts and volunteering at Gould Farm, a community for adults with mental illness in Monterey, Massachusetts, Lew completed a Master’s Degree in Political Science at Boston College, where he was awarded a Bradley Fellowship. After Boston College, Lew went on to get his PhD at Binghamton University’s philosophy department, where he wrote his dissertation on Plato’s Laws.

At Antioch, Lew enjoys teaching classes, playing basketball and ping pong with community members, and serving on the Farm Committee and the Community Council. Currently, Lew is part of a three-year grant from the Great Lakes Colleges Association that seeks to develop undergraduate research in ancient philosophy through multi-campus student-faculty collaboration and yearly student conferences.

M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy, Binghamton University
M.A., Political Science, Boston College
B.A., English Literature, Environmental Policy, Warren Wilson College
Selected Publications: 

“On the Foundation of Theology in Plato’s Laws,” Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy, Vol. 18, No. 2 (Spring 2014).

“tēn tou aristou doxan  On the Theory and Practice of Punishment in Plato's Laws,” Polis: The Journal of the Society for Greek Political Thought, Vol. 27, No. 2 (2010).

“Showing the Existence of Nous in Laws 10,” in The Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy Newsletter, Fall 2009 (blind peer-reviewed).

Invited Review of Kenneth Royce Moore’s Plato, Politics, and a Practical Utopia, Polis: The Journal for the Society of Greek Political Thought, Vol. 30, No. 1 (2013).

Invited Review of Holger Thesleff's Platonic PatternsPDF file icon in The Classical Bulletin, Vol. 85, No. 1&2 (2010).

Review of Plato: Laws 10PDF file icon by Robert Mayhew, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, February 2009

Selected Presentations: 

“The Role of Property Classes in Plato’s Laws,” Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, New York, 23 October 2011.

Panel Organizer and Participant: “Approaching Magnesia: Politics, Virtue, and the Soul in Plato's Laws,” Classical Association of the Atlantic States, Baltimore, 14 October, 2011.

“On the Interdependence of Legislation and Theology in Plato's Laws,” SPEL Colloquium, Binghamton University, 2 December 2010.

“Providence and Legislation in Plato's Laws,” Northeastern Political Science Association, Boston, 11 November 2010.

“Remarks on Plato's “Metaphysics” and Political Philosophy,” The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Binghamton University, 11 October 2010.

“On Plutarch's Reading of Anagkē as Precosmic Psuchē” for “Plutarch Interprets Plato,” panel organized by Mark Shiffman, Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, New York, October 2010.

“On the Role of Chora and Paradeigma in Plato's Legislative Craftsmanship,” Classical Association of the Atlantic States, Elizabeth, 9 October 2010.

“Showing the Existence of Nous in Laws 10,” American Philological Association, National Conference, Anaheim, January 2010.

“Cosmic and Political Time in Plato's Timaeus,” An International Conference on Ancient and Medieval Philosophy,” New York, 17 October, 2009.

“Creating Political Space in Aristophanes' Assembly of Women,” Meeting of The Classical Association of the Atlantic States, Wilmington, 9 October 2009.

PHIL 299 Intermediate Independent Study: Plato's Republic