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David Sedley
Born (1947-05-30) 30 May 1947 (age 70)
Nationality "United Kingdom
Alma mater "Trinity College, Oxford
"University College London
Scientific career
Fields "Ancient philosophy
Institutions "Christ's College, Cambridge
"Doctoral advisor "A. A. Long

David Neil Sedley "FBA (born 30 May 1947) is a British philosopher and historian of philosophy. He was the seventh "Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy at "Cambridge University.


Early life[edit]

Sedley was educated at "Trinity College, Oxford where he was awarded a "first class honours "degree in "Literae Humaniores in 1969. He was awarded a "PhD in 1974 by "University College London for a text, translation and commentary on Book XXVIII of "Epicurus' On Nature.

Academic career[edit]

Since 1976 Sedley has been a "fellow of "Christ's College, Cambridge; from 1996 he was "Professor of Ancient Philosophy at Cambridge University before in July 2000 being elevated to the Laurence Professorship of Ancient Philosophy. He retired from this position at the end of September 2014.[1] He was succeeded in this post by his former student, "Gábor Betegh.

He has held visiting appointments at "Princeton University (September 1981 - March 1982), "University of California, Berkeley (1984 and 2004), "Yale University (1990), and "Cornell University (2001).


He was elected a "Fellow of the British Academy in July 1994.[2]



  1. ^ Cambridge University Faculty of Classics News
  2. ^ British Academy fellowship record


Academic offices
Preceded by
"Gisela Striker
"Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy "Cambridge University
2000 - 2014
Succeeded by
"Gábor Betegh
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