McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
College Hall 408
Education:Ph.D., Classics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1976
B.A., Classics, Duquesne University, 1970
Dr. Newmyer's research centers on ancient views on animals, in particular on issues of animal rationality, as these ancient ideas anticipate arguments in modern animal rights philosophy and cognitive ethology pertaining to intellect and emotions in animals. He has published extensively on many topics relating to Greek and Roman views on human-animal relations, and has authored three books on animals in classical culture, The Animal and the Human in Ancient and Modern Thought: The "Man Alone of Animals" Concept (forthcoming, Routledge 2017), Animals in Greek and Roman Thought: A Sourcebook of Readings (Routledge 2011), and Animals, Rights, and Reason in Plutarch and Modern Ethics (Routledge 2006). In his spare time, he enjoys reading, traveling, attending operas, and discussing world affairs with his cat.