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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Marina Berzins McCoy

philosophy department

Marina McCoy

Associate Professor

Ph.D., M.A., Boston University
B.A. Earlham College

Stokes 355N
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02467

Phone: 617-552-3858
Fax: 617-552-3874

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Career

Professor McCoy joined the tenure-track faculty in 2003-04 after teaching here for several years as an adjunct, following a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in the Core Curriculum Program at Boston University.

Fields of Interest

Ancient philosophy and literature

Plato (especially Platonic rhetoric and argumentation)


Current Teaching and Upcoming Teaching

Platonic dialogues

Plato's Republic

Philosophy of Love and Friendship

Senior Honors Seminar

PULSE service learning core course

Other Recent Professional Activities

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Philosophy

Co-chair of the Race and Ethics ILA seminar

Polis, editorial review board

Advances in the History of Rhetoric (journal) editorial review board

Reviewer for Oxford, Cambridge, and Indiana University Press

Volunteer, Norfolk Correctional Facility

Recent Publications

Wounded Heroes: Vulnerability as a Virtue in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy
(Oxford University Press, 2013).

Plato on the Rhetoric of Philosophers and Sophists
(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008).

“Freedom and Responsibility in the Myth of Er,” Ideas y Valores special issue
(Plato and Socratic Politics) 61 (149), September 2012.

Encyclopedia articles on “Rhetoric” and “Sophists” for Continuum Companion to Plato
(ed G. Press), Continuum Press, 2012.

"Alcidamas, Isocrates, and Plato on speech, writing, and philosophical rhetoric" Ancient Philosophy 29 (2), spring 2009.


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