Dr. George Rudebusch

Dr. George Rudebusch

“Education in music and poetry is most important . . . because rhythm and harmony permeate the inner part of the soul more than anything else, affecting it most strongly and bringing it grace, so that if someone is properly educated in music and poetry, it makes him graceful, but if not, then the opposite. [And] because anyone who has been properly educated in music and poetry will sense it acutely when something has been omitted from a thing and when it hasn’t been finely crafted or finely made by nature.”  Plato (427-347 B. C.) from Republic, book III (401d-e)

One of the three co-directors for the Jazz & Philosophy Intermodal Conference for 2017, Dr. George Rudebusch specializes in Ancient Greek philosophy as a former chair of the Northern Arizona Philosophy department. You can see George’s online C. V. (curriculum vitae/course of life/resume) here. Just click on C. V. to see his numerous publications, some of which are listed below.


    • Ph.D.1982 Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • M.A.1980 Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • B.S.—-1977 Mathematics, Carroll College, Wisconsin


    • Professor Northern Arizona University 1998-to present
    • Associate Professor Northern Arizona University 1992-1998
    • Assistant Professor Northern Arizona University 1988-1992
    • Assistant Professor University of Hawaii at Manoa 1983-1988
    • Instructor Carthage College 1982


  • Inaugural Jazz and Philosophy Intermodal Conference (JPIC 2017), with Northern Arizona University Philosophy Department, May 5-7, 2017.
  • 10th Annual West Coast Plato Workshop on the Philebus, Northern Arizona University Philosophy Department, Flagstaff, May 7-8, 2016.
    • 9th Annual West Coast Plato Workshop on Laws X, University of Arizona Philosophy Department, Tucson, May 2-3, 2015.

PUBLICATIONS (partial list):

  • Ancient Ethics, co-editor with Jörg Hardy. Göttingen: Vandenhoek, 2014. (498 pages)
  • Socrates, Oxford and New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. (xv + 207 pages). The book has been translated into Arabic in Cairo at the National Center for Translation, 2014.
  • Socrates, Pleasure, and Value, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. (xiii + 167 pages). A Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2000 and featured at “Author Meets Critics” session of the American Philosophical Association in 2002.


Dr. Rudebusch’s Socrates (2009) was widely reviewed and found highly praiseworthy because of its lucidity, approachability, and cutting-edge Plato scholarship.

The Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, in April 2010 found Rudebusch’s book “a lucid and engaging account of the philosophy of Socrates. . . . The experience of this book will be joyous for many readers, as it was for me. Rudebusch’s advocacy of Socrates as a thinker who has much to tell us about the good human life is carried off with passion and grace, as well as an enviable succinctness and clarity. It is a treatment that I expect will succeed, deservedly, in winning over new advocates.”

Dr. Debra Nails of Michigan State University explains Rudebusch has written “A remarkable book. A treatment of Socrates that is both original in its approach and lovingly crafted to make Socrates accessible to a contemporary audience.”

Dr. Mark L. McPherran of Simon Fraser University commends Rudebusch’s advancement for the field of Socratic scholars commenting that Socrates (2009) is “a stimulating, eloquent, and highly original work of scholarship that breaks new ground in the search for an understanding of this most puzzling and elusive of philosophers. It is no mean feat that Rudebusch has written a book that is both accessible to beginners in philosophy and required reading for scholars of ancient philosophy.”

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