Kenneth Sayre

Professor of Philosophy Emeritus

Contact Information:

Ken Sayre 200

Mailing Address:
Department of Philosophy
University of Notre Dame
100 Malloy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Phone: (574) 631-7124

Office: 302 Malloy

Philosophic Institute Website


Ph.D., Harvard

Areas of Interest

Plato, Environmental Philosophy


Complexities Of Religious Belief (2019)

Recent Articles:

  • Four entries in Continuum Guide to Philosophy, ed. Gerald Press (2011)
  • "Dialectic by Negation in Three Dialogues," in Reading Ancient Texts, v. 1, eds. Suzanne Stern-Gillet and Kevin Corrigan (2007)
  • "The Method Revisited: Parmenides 135E9-136C6," in Plato's Parmenides: Proceedings of the Fourth Symposium Platonicum Pragense, eds. Ales Havlicek and Filip Karfik (2005)
  • "Several References in Plato to the Indefinite Dyad," in Aristotle on Plato: The Metaphysical Question, ed. Apostolos Pierris (2004)
  • "The Multilayered Incoherence of Timaeus' Receptacle," in Plato's Timaeus as Cultural Icon ed., Gretchen Reydams-Schils (2004)
  • "Do Forms Have a Role in Plato's Philebus? in Plato's Forms: Varieties of Interpretations", ed. William Weldon (2002)
  • "The Role of the Timaeus in the Development of Plato's Late Ontology," Ancient Philosophy (1998)


  • Adventures in Philosophy at Notre Dame, University of Notre Dame Press (2014)
  • Unearthed: The Economic Roots of our Ecological Crisis (2010)
  • Metaphysics and Method in Plato's Statesman, forthcoming (2006)
  • Belief and Knowledge: Mapping the Cognitive Landscape (1997)
  • Parmenides' Lesson: Translation and Explication of Plato's Parmenides (1996)
  • Plato's Literary Garden: How to Read a Platonic Dialogue (1995)
  • Plato's Late Ontology: A Riddle Resolved (1983), reprinted (2005)
  • Reason and Decision, edited with M. Bradie (1982)
  • Regulation, Values and the Public Interest, co-authored (1980)
  • Ethics and Problems of the 21st Century, edited with K. Goodpaster (1979)
  • Values in the Electric Power Industry, editor (1977)
  • Starburst (1977)
  • Moonflight (1977)
  • Cybernetics and the Philosophy of Mind (1976)
  • Plato's Analytic Method (1969)
  • Consciousness: A Philosophic Study of Artificial Intelligence (1969)
  • Philosophy and Cybernetics, edited with F.J. Crosson (1967)
  • Recognition: A Study in the Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence (1965)
  • The Modeling of Mind, edited with F.J. Crosson (1963)

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