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Shaul Tor


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Research interests

I have broad interests in ancient philosophy and thought. I have particular research interests in:

  • Ancient philosophy and religion
  • Early Greek (‘Presocratic’) philosophy
  • Ancient Greek theology and religion
  • Hellenistic scepticism


Biographical details

I received my BA (2006) in Classics and my MPhil (2007) and PhD (2011) in ancient philosophy at St John’s College, Cambridge. My MPhil work concentrated on ancient Pyrrhonian scepticism. My doctoral dissertation (awarded the Hare Prize) focused on early Greek philosophical approaches to theology and epistemology in their historical and religious contexts. I was a Junior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge (2010-2012), before joining the Departments of Philosophy and Classics at King’s (2012). I received a Philip Leverhulme Prize for my research into ancient philosophy and culture (2018).

Tips on pronouncing my name: the ‘proper’ Hebrew pronunciation of my name is much like the pronunciation of the Spanish name ‘Raúl’, except with a ‘Sh’ instead of the ‘R’. In the UK, however, I go by ‘Sol’, which is a perfectly welcome, informal way to address me! 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Mortal and Divine in Early Greek Epistemology, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 2011

Master of Philosophy, Self-presentation in Sextus Empiricus, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 2007

Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 2006


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