(Visiting Scholar in HPS) University of Athens, Greece
Identity: Persons and Self in Locke
Vasiliki Grigoropoulou after her second visit to the Center for Philosophy of Science, in February 2004, completed the editing of the Social Contract of J.-J.Rousseau, which was published in December 2004, annotated, with preface, appendice and vocabulary (in Greek, Athens: Polis, pp. 332).
In 2005, the Social Contract was reprinted and also the Tractatus de Intellectus Emendatione of Spinoza for the third time, which first appeared in 2001 (Athens: Polis, pp. 221), after her first visit to the Center.
In 2005, she attended Princeton University as a fellow, where she conducted research on the Personal Identity problem in Locke.
In May 2006, her paper, "Will and Freedom, in Descartes, Spinoza and Locke", appeared in Defkalion, 23/1 (Athens, in Greek), pp. 21-44. In July, she gave a paper, "The Person as a forensic term in Locke", at the Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association, held at the University of Southampton, England. In the beginning of August, she participated in the International Seminar on Early Modern Thought, held in Bran, Romania and she gave a paper, entitled "Reformation of Knowledge, Will and Intellect in Spinoza".
In 2007, appeared her paper on "Science and Values in Hobbes", in the Greek Journal Axiologika, special issue on Hobbes:Sovereignty and Legitimacy, 16, pp. 27-44.
In the winter term 2006-7, she gave a graduate seminar in the Department of Methodology and History of Science of the University of Athens, on Identity Problem in 17 th century Philosophy and in the spring semester her graduate seminar in the same Department focuced on Rationalisn and Causality in 17 th century philosophy.
At present, her studies on Personal Identity and Consciousness in 17 th century philosophy are still being developed and, in parallel, she is preparing the Greek edition of the Principia of Descartes.
Vana Grigoropoulou taught at the University of Athens from 1996
to 2003 and currently teaches Modern Philosophy at the University
of Crete. From her childhood until the end of her studies in the
Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Thessaloniki she loved
to paint, but for many years now she has been concentrating on research,
writing and teaching the philosophy of the Enlightenment. Her master’s
thesis focused on the philosophy of Hobbes and her Ph.D. on the
philosophy of Spinoza. Her first book entitled Knowledge, Passions
and Politics in the Philosophy of Spinoza appeared in 1999. She
was the editor of Spinoza’s Treatise on the Emendation of
Intellect and has published a study on Education and Politics in
Rousseau. She is the co-editor of Spinoza. Towards Freedom: Ten
Greek Studies and the editor of Rousseau’s On the Social Contract.
She has published a dozen papers on Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza,
Rousseau and Locke. Her visit to Pittsburgh was very stimulating
for her next project on Identity and Diversity in Descartes, Spinoza
and Locke and she wishes to be able to return soon.