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Gerasimos Santas
In Memoriam

Gerasimos Santas

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

UC Irvine

UCI Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Gerasimos Santas, passed away on June 20, 2021. 

Professor Santas was a highly influential philosopher of ancient Greek philosophy, author of The Blackwell Guide to Plato’s Republic (2006), Understanding Plato’s Republic (2010), and numerous articles including “Methods of Reasoning about Justice in Plato’s Republic” (2014).

Gerasimos Santas was born on March 23, 1931. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. at Cornell University. After teaching briefly at UC Berkeley and Brandeis University, he taught at John Hopkins from 1968-1969. He taught at UC Irvine from 1969 until his retirement in 2014. Professor Santas has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the top interpreters of ethical and social-political theory in the ancient Greeks, especially in Plato but also in Aristotle. His teaching has contributed greatly to the mission of UCI and his sound leadership in his past service of two terms as Department Chair. Professor Santas will be remembered as internationally respected scholar in Greek philosophy, drawing implications for contemporary moral and political philosophy.

David Woodruff Smith, Professor
Department of Philosophy, UC Irvine