Mi-Kyoung (Mitzi) Lee

January 9, 2013


Department of Philosophy

University of Colorado at Boulder

UCB 232

Boulder, CO 80309-0232


Academic Positions

2005-present: Associate Professor of Philosophy, with a Courtesy Appointment in Classics, University of Colorado at Boulder

2003-5:            Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Illinois at Chicago

1996-2003:      Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Illinois at Chicago


Visiting Appointments

Spring 2009:    Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University

Winter 2003:   Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Chicago



Harvard University, Ph.D. in Philosophy, 1996 (Dissertation: Conflicting Appearances: Protagoras and the Development of Early Greek Epistemology (Gisela Striker (supervisor), Hilary Putnam, Susan Sauvé Meyer))

Visiting PhD Student, Department of Philosophy, Princeton University, Spring 2001

Columbia College, Columbia University, B.A. in Philosophy, cum laude, 1989

Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH 1982-5





Epistemology after Protagoras: Responses to Relativism in Plato, Aristotle, and Democritus (Oxford: Clarendon Press 2005). Paperback edition 2008.

--Awarded Honorable Mention, American Philosophical Association Book Prize 2007 (one of the 3 best books on any subject in philosophy published over a two-year period by a philosopher 40 or younger at the time of publication)

--Reviewed in Bryn Mawr Classical Review, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, Mind, Greece & Rome, Rhizai, Classical Review, Review of Metaphysics, Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung, Philosophical Books, Ancient Philosophy


Refereed Articles or Chapters:

“The Distinction between Primary and Secondary Qualities in Ancient Greek Philosophy”, in Lawrence Nolan (ed.), Primary and Secondary Qualities: the Historical and Ongoing Debate, Oxford University Press 2011.


"Antecedents to Ancient Skepticism in Early Greek Philosophy", in Richard Bett (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Scepticism, Cambridge University Press 2010.


"Plato's Theaetetus", in Gail Fine (ed.), Oxford Handbook on Plato, Oxford University Press 2008, 211-236.


"The Secret Doctrine: Plato's Defense of Protagoras in the Theaetetus", Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 19 (Winter 2000), 47-86.


"Thinking and Perception in Plato's Theaetetus", in Mark McPherran (ed.), Recognition, Remembrance, and Reality: New Essays on Plato's Epistemology and Metaphysics, Apeiron 32/4 (Dec. 1999) 37-54.


Refereed Encyclopedia Entries:

Taylor, C.C.W. and Lee, Mi-Kyoung, "The Sophists", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2012 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <>. First published 2011.


‘Epistemology’, in G. Press (ed.), Continuum Guide to Plato, Continuum 2012.


Book Reviews:

Book Review of Tim O'Keefe. Epicurus on Freedom. Cambridge-New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005 in Journal of the History of Philosophy 46/2 (April 2008), pp. 315-16.


Book Review of Timothy Chappell, Reading Plato's Theaetetus, Indianapolis, IN: Hackett 2005 [orig. publ. Sankt Augustin, Germany: Academia Verlag 2004] in Notre Dame Book Review.


Book Review of David Sedley, The Midwife of Platonism: Text and Subtext in Plato's Theaetetus, Oxford: Clarendon Press 2004, in Classical Review 55/2 (2005) 430-2.


Book Review for Ancient Philosophy 2005 of C.C.W. Taylor, The Atomists: Leucippus and Democritus.  Fragments.  A Text and Translation with a Commentary by C.C.W. Taylor.  (Phoenix series.)  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999.



Jacques Brunschwig, "Rule and Exception: On the Aristotelian Theory of Equity", translated from the French by M. M. Lee, in M. Frede and G. Striker (eds.), Rationality in Greek Thought, Oxford: Oxford University Press 1996.  "La règle et l'exception: Autour de la théorie aristotélicienne de l'équité"


Gisela Striker, "On the difference between the Pyrrhonists and the Academics", translated from the German by M. M. Lee, in G. Striker, Essays in Hellenistic Epistemology and Ethics, Cambridge University Press 1996; originally published as "Über den Unterschied zwischen den Pyrrhoneern und den Akademikern", Phronesis 26 (1981) 153-71.


Work in progress:

Editor, Strategies of argument in Greek philosophy: from refutation to assent, Oxford University Press (collection of papers, under contract)

"Justice and the Laws in Aristotle's Moral and Political Theory", in Strategies of argument in Greek Philosophy, Oxford University Press (under contract).

Aristotle’s Theory of Justice (book manuscript, in progress)

"Epistemology and Metaphysics in Plato's Theaetetus"

"What Epicurus Learned from Plato's Theaetetus: Empiricism in Ancient Greek Philosophy"

Paper on perceptual alteration and perceptual assimilation in Aristotle's De anima

“The Predicables: Aristotle's Early Theory of Logical Form”


Grants, Fellowships, and Prizes:

Center for Humanities and the Arts Faculty Fellowship, University of Colorado at Boulder, Fall 2012.

Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor Faculty Award 2009-10 (for work done as Director of Graduate Studies), awarded by the Graduate School, University of Colorado at Boulder

CU Leap Associate Professor Growth Grant (Summer 2009)

NEH Summer Seminar, 'Soul and Substance in Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition', July 2004, Boulder Colorado.

Research Fellowship, Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington DC, 1999-2000

Research Fellowship, Institute for the Humanities, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1999-2000 (declined)

National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Research Stipend 1999

Mrs. Giles B. Whiting Foundation Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities, 1994-1995

Jens Aubrey Westengard Grant for Summer Language Study, Germany, Summer 1992

Harvard University Graduate Fellowship, 1989-1991


Recent Talks and Presentations:

“Two kinds of justice: Aristotle’s criticism of Plato” (Front Range Ancient Philosophy workshop, University of Denver, March 2012)

“Justice and the Law in Aristotle’s Ethics” (Colloquium Series, Dept of Philosophy, University of California at Davis, November 2011; Conference in Ancient Philosophy (in honor of Gisela Striker), Harvard University, 5/7/2011; Colloquium Series, Dept of Philosophy, University of California at Berkeley, February 2011).

“Justice, Ordinary Virtue, and the Laws in Aristotle” (Conference on Ordinary Virtue in Greek and Roman Philosophy, Northwestern University, May 14, 2010).

"Justice and the Laws in Aristotle's Moral and Political Theory" (Yale Working Group in Ancient Philosophy, April 24, 2009; University of Colorado at Denver, October 2009; University of Colorado at Boulder, November 2009)

Book Epistemology after Protagoras selected for Author-Meets-Critics session at the American Philosophical Association, Philadelphia PA, December 2008.

"Epistemology and Metaphysics in Plato's Theaetetus", Department of Philosophy, Indiana University, February 29 2008.

"What Epicurus Learned from Plato's Theaetetus: Empiricism in Ancient Greek Philosophy", Harvard University Department of Philosophy Colloquium, April 5 2007.

Response to Terry Penner and George Rudebusch, University of Denver Philosophy Roundtable "Plato and the Philosophy of Language", 4/7/2006.

Response to Thomas Olshewsky, "Grasping the Starting Points (Aristotle, Physics I 1 and AnPo II 19)", American Philosophical Association 2004 Meeting of the Central Division, Chicago, IL.

"Thinking about Thinking in Ancient Greek Philosophy", Department of Philosophy, University of Colorado at Boulder (March 15, 2004).

"Thinking about Thinking in Ancient Greek Philosophy", Department of Philosophy, University of Chicago (May 16, 2003).

Critique of Roslyn Weiss, Virtue in the Cave (Oxford), Author-Meets-Critics Session, American Philosophical Association 2003 Meeting of the Pacific Division, San Francisco, CA.

Response to David Wolfsdorf, "Dikaiosunê and Hosiotês in Plato's Protagoras", Central Division APA (April 25, 2002).

Response to Michael Wedin, "On the Use and Abuse of Non-Contradiction: Aristotle's Critique of Protagoras and Heraclitus in Metaphysics Gamma G", Conference in Honor of Ian Mueller, sponsored by the Chicago Area Consortium in Ancient Philosophy (April 20, 2002). 

"The Secret Doctrine in Plato's Theaetetus", Dept. of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (December 1, 2000).

"What was in Protagoras' Truth?", Center for Hellenic Studies (Washington DC, May 9, 2000).

"Aristotle on Protagoras in Metaphysics Book G", Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (Chicago, April 21, 2000).

"Aristotle on Protagoras and the Principle of Non-Contradiction", Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania (March 31, 2000).

"Thinking and Perception in Plato's Theaetetus", Ancient Philosophy Workshop, University of Chicago, (May 7, 1999). 

"Thinking and Perception in Plato's Theaetetus", Fourth Annual Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, Conference on Plato's Epistemology and Metaphysics, University of Arizona, (Tucson, February 21, 1999).

Response to Nicholas White, "Time and the Existence of Forms", Conference on Ancient Epistemologies, sponsored by the Chicago Consortium in Ancient Philosophy (April 25, 1998).

"Relativism and Self-Refutation in Plato's Theaetetus", State University of New York at Buffalo, (January 1996), University of Delaware, (January 1996), Middlebury College (February 1996), University of Illinois at Chicago (February 1996).


Dissertations and Theses Supervised

Itir Günes, The Aristotelian Notions of Theōria and Praxis in Heidegger’s Early Thought and Its Reverberations in Gadamer and Arendt, University of Illinois at Chicago, PhD 2011.  (Tenure-track assistant professor, Salisbury College, MD)

Mary Krizan, The Role of the Elements in Aristotle’s Theory of Matter, PhD 2010. (Tenure-track assistant professor, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse)

Ricardo Morsella, ‘The Two Worlds Theory in Plato’s Metaphysics and Epistemology’ MA 2007


Classes Taught:

Introduction to Ancient Greek Philosophy

Introduction to Philosophy

History of Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy (Presocratic to Hellenistic Philosophy)

Survey: Advanced Topics in Plato

Survey: Advanced Topics in Aristotle

Grad Seminar: Plato’s Theaetetus, Aristotle’s De Anima, Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, Stoic Philosophy, Greek Epistemological Theories (Cyrenaics, Democritus, Epicurus,

Philosophical Texts in Greek (reading group)


Service to Profession:

Referee (Oxford University Press, American Journal of Philosophy, Archiv für Geshichte der Philosophie, Ancient Philosophy, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Classical Philology, Classical Quarterly, Ordia Prima)

Member, Nominating Committee, American Philosophical Association Central Division, 2011-12 (elected by members of Central Division)


Service to Department and University:

Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Chair, Department of Philosophy, University of Colorado at Boulder, Fall 2008-Fall 2011

Graduate Committee on the Arts and Humanities, University of Colorado at Boulder (2010-13)

Selection Committee, President’s Fund for the Humanities, University of Colorado (4-campus system) (2008-10)

University of Colorado at Boulder Department of Philosophy (Search Committee 2006-7, 2007-8, Graduate Admissions Committee 2006-7, Reappointment Committee 2007-8, Graduate Studies Committee 2007-present, Salary Committee, Chair of Visiting Instructor Search Committee, Primary Unit Evaluation Committee for Promotion and Tenure 2006-7, 2008-9, 2011-12, Placement Officer (2008-present), Jentzsch Prize Evaluation Committee 2006, 2010)  

University of Illinois at Chicago (Library Liaison, Admissions Committee, Teaching Committee, Member of the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Asian Americans)