John Burnet

John Burnet (1863–1928) was a Scottish Classicist, a Fellow of the British Academy, educated at the University of Edinburgh, and Balliol College, Oxford, receiving his M.A. in 1887. From 1890 to 1915, he was a Fellow at Merton College, Oxford; he was a professor of Latin at Edinburgh; from 1892 to 1926, he was Professor of Greek at the University of St. Andrews. He became a Fellow of the British Academy in 1916. In 1909, Burnet was offered, but did not accept, the Chair of Greek at Harvard University.

Burnet is best known for his work on Plato. He maintained that Socrates was closely connected to the early Greek philosophical tradition, now generally known as Pre-Socratic philosophy; Burnet believed that Socrates had been in his youth the disciple of Archelaus, a member of the Anaxagorean tradition. His Platonic Opera and philological work on Plato is still widely read, and his editions of Early Greek Philosophy have been considered authoritative for more than 100 years.

Selected Works by John Burnet

Early Greek Philosophy
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The Socratic Doctrine of the Soul
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John Burnet, M.A., LL.D
1863–1928
Scottish Classicist, Greek Scholar, Fellow of the British Academy, Fellow at Merton College, Oxford; Professor of Latin at Edinburgh, and Professor of Greek at the University of St. Andrews.


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References

Burnet, John. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. [Accessed January 20, 2020]

Burnet, John. Early Greek Philosophy, 2nd ed. London: A. and C. Black, 1908. This work is in the Public Domain.

Burnet, John. The Socratic Doctrine of the Soul, Second Annual Philosophical Lecture, Henriette Hertz Trust, Proceedings of the British Academy, Vol. VII. London: Oxford University Press, January 26, 1916. This work is in the Public Domain.

Plato; Burnet, John, Platonis Opera, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1900-1907. This work is in the Public Domain.