Dr Dougal James Blyth

BA (Otago), PhD (Northwestern), MA

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BA (Otago) MA (Auckland) PhD (Northwestern:  dissertation Aristotle's Metaphysics Bk Λ:  Translation and Commentary, 1990)

Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the U. of Auckland (1990-2021)

Currently Hon. Research Fellow

Research | Current

  • Aristotle's metaphysics and cosmology
  • A study of the generic and political relations among philosophy, tragedy and comedy in late 5th to 4th century BC Athens (Socrates, Aristophanes, Euripides and Plato)
  • Origins of philosophy in Rome

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Dougal Blyth, “Theorising Roman Cult: Augustine on Varro”, in Sonya Wurster and Rhiannon Evans (eds.), Theorising Rome (Newcastle:  Cambridge Scholars Press, 2021), 49-66.

Dougal Blyth, “The Uses of Polemic in Ancient Philosophy”, in Tom Stevenson (ed.), Ancient Polemic (Acta Classica Supplement 9, 2021), forthcoming (19 pp.).

Dougal Blyth, “Dialectic and Forms in Prm. 137c-144e”, in Luc Brisson, A. Macé and O. Renaut (eds.), Collected Papers of the Symposium Platonicum XII:  Plato’s Parmenides (Baden-Baden:  Nomos Verlag, forthcoming) (9 pp.).

Teaching | Current

Not currently teaching

Postgraduate supervision

Not currently available for supervision


Honorary Research Fellow

Areas of expertise

  • Ancient Greek language and literature
  • Ancient philosophy
  • Greek and Roman drama

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Blyth, D. (2019). Plato's Socrates, Sophistic Antithesis and Scepticism. Plato Journal, 19, 25-42. 10.14195/2183-4105
  • Dougal Blyth (2018). God and Cosmos in Statesman 269c–270a and Aristotle. In B. Bossi, T. M. Robinson (Eds.) Plato's Statesman Revisited (pp. 107-118). Berlin: De Gruyter. 10.1515/9783110605549
  • Dougal Blyth (2017). Aristotle's God in Metaphysics 12.7. Classical Philology, 112 (2), 138-152. 10.1086/691551
  • Blyth, D. (2016). The role of Aristotle’s Metaphysics 12.9. Méthexis, 28 (1), 76-92. 10.1163/24680974-02801005
  • Dougal Blyth (2016). Aristotle’s Ever-turning World in Physics 8: Analysis and Commentary (1st). Leiden & Boston: Brill. Pages: 434.
  • Blyth, D. (2015). Heavenly soul in Aristotle. Apeiron: a Journal for Ancient Philosophy, 48 (4), 427-465. 10.1515/apeiron-2013-0037
  • Blyth, D. (2014). Political Technê: Plato and the Poets. Polis: the Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought, 31 (2), 313-351. 10.1163/20512996-12340019
  • Blyth, D. (2013). Review of the book Plato’s Charmides: Positive Elenchus in a “Socratic” Dialogue, by Thomas M. Tuozzo. Classical Review (New series), 63 (1), 60-62. 10.1017/S0009840X12002351


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ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
Level 1, Room 113
New Zealand

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