Greg Anderson is an Associate Professor of History at Ohio State University. His teaching and research combines interests in historical thought and practice, contemporary critical theory, and the experiences of non-modern peoples. His recent work, such as The Realness of Things Past: Ancient Greece and Ontological History (2018), makes the case for an “ontological turn” in historical practice, arguing on ethical, philosophical, and historical grounds that we need to analyze every historical lifeworld on its own ontological terms, in effect as a world unto itself. This paradigm shift in historical practice has potentially far-reaching implications for how we think not only about the non-modern past but also about our modern present and our future. He is a graduate of the universities of Newcastle and London in his native Britain, and holds MA, MPhil, and PhD degrees in Classics from Yale University.
Contribution to Roundtable on Human Rights
We should be wary of overstating the universality of the liberal individualism on which the human rights framework rests.