Debra Nails (born November 15, 1950) is an American philosophy professor who taught at Michigan State University. Nails earned her M.A. in philosophy and classical Greek from Louisiana State University before going on to earn a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in 1993.[1] Previously, she taught in the Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion at Mary Washington College. Nails taught courses on the history of philosophy, continental rationalism, metaphysics, and modern philosophy.

Contributions to philosophy

Nails' work primarily focuses on ancient Greek philosophy, metaphysics, feminist philosophy, and early modern philosophy.[1] She is the chair of the Committee for Professional Ethics of the American Association of University Professors and was previously on the Committee for the Defense of Professional Rights of Philosophers, and the Committee on Academic Career Opportunities and Placement of the American Philosophical Association.

Awards and distinctions

In addition to being named chair of the Committee for Professional Ethics of the American Association of University Professors, Nails was also a Research Fellow at the Boston University Center for the Philosophy and History of Science and a University Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Witwatersrand University.[1]

Selected works


This is a biographical encyclopedia for Platonic and related ancient Greek scholarship. The Prosopography relates the lives of Plato and other Socratics through the biographical detail of persons mentioned in the Socratic literature. Plato introduces many contemporaries of Socrates as characters and as interlocutors in far-reaching philosophical explorations.


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  1. ^ a b c Michigan State University/philosophy/Debra Nails (accessed July 11, 2016)
  2. ^ Reviews of The People of Plato: Chloe Balla, Rizai, [1]; David J. Murphy, Ancient Philosophy, doi:10.5840/ancientphil200424112; Vernon Provencal, Phoenix, doi:10.2307/4135181, JSTOR 4135181; Stefan Schorn, Gnomon, JSTOR 27693798
  3. ^ Reviews of Agora, Academy, and the Conduct of Philosophy: שמואל הרוי, Iyyun, JSTOR 23353034; Lynne Spellman, Southwest Philosophy Review, doi:10.5840/swphilreview199612244
  4. ^ Reviews of Second Sailing: Dirk Baltzly, Australasian J. Philosophy, doi:10.1080/00048402.2016.1199579; Sara Brill, Polis, doi:10.1163/20512996-12340181; Verity Harte, J. Hist. Phil., [2]
  5. ^ Review of Plato's Symposium: Richard Parry, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, [3]
  6. ^ Reviews of Spinoza and the Sciences: Don Garrett, Philosophy of Science, JSTOR 187667; A. Rupert Hall, Isis, JSTOR 234492; A. Lichtigfeld, Tijdschrift voor Filosofie, JSTOR 40886089; James Morrison, Philosophy in Review, [4]; Cristina Santinelli, Archives Internationales d'histoire des Sciences, hdl:11576/2503816; Ernestine G. E. van der Wall, J. Hist. Phil., ProQuest 1297310794