While this site will hopefully be about popularizing the philosophy of the erotic, I am a scholar of Plato, Platonism and contemporary intersectional feminist philosophy. Consequently, I have added this page in order to give those who are interested in my academic work a chance to familiarize themselves with the philosophers who helped me develop my theories of the erotic, particularly the ontology found in Plato and the Platonic tradition as well as impactful contemporary intersectional authors like Audre Lorde or Maria Lugones.


  1. Plotinus: Ennead I.5, “On Whether Well Being Increases With Time”: Translation, with an Introduction and Commentary. Las Vegas: Parmenides Publishing, 2021.*

Edited Volumes

  1. Layne, D., Decker, J., and Vilhauer, M. (eds.), Otherwise than the Binary: New Feminist Readings of Ancient Greek Philosophy and Culture. New York, SUNY Press 2021. *
  2. Layne D., Tarrant, H., Renaud, F. and Baltzly, D. (eds.), Brill Companion to the Reception of Plato in Antiquity. Leiden, Brill: 2018.*
  3. Layne D., and Finamore, J. (eds.), Platonic Pathways: Investigations into Plato and the Platonic Tradition. Las Vegas, Prometheus Trust: 2018.*
  4. Layne D. and Butorac, D. (eds.), Proclus and his Legacy. Berlin, De Gruyter: 2017.*
  5. Layne, D. and Tarrant, H. (eds.), The Neoplatonic Socrates. Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press: 2014.

Peer-Reviewed Articles in Journals and Book Chapters

  1. “Otherwise Than the Father: Night and the Maternal Causes in Proclus’ Theological Metaphysics” in Women and the Female in Neoplatonism (ed.) J. Schultz,  Lieden, Brill: 2022, pp. #-#.
  2. “Divine Mothers: Plotinus’ Erotic Productive Causes,” in Otherwise than the Binary: New Feminist Readings of Ancient Greek Philosophy and Culture, (eds.) Jessica Elbert Decker, Danielle A. Layne, and Monica Vilhauer, New York, SUNY Press 2021, pp.#-# . *
  3. “The Virtue of Ignorance in Olympiodorus” in (ed.) L.A. Joose, Olympiodorus of Alexandria: Exegete, Teacher, Platonic Philosopher, Leiden, Brill: 2021, pp.#-#. *
  4. “Torch-Bearing Plato: Why Reason without the Divine is Not Philosophy After All” in (ed.) C. Addey, Divination and Knowledge in Greco-Roman Antiquity, New York: Routledge: 2021, pp.#-#.*
  5. “Feminine Power in Proclus’s Commentary on Plato’s Timaeus”, Hypatia: A Journal for Feminist Philosophy, 2021, pp.120-44.*
  6. “The Value of the Present Moment in Neoplatonic Philosophy”, Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy. Vol. 25:2, 2019, pp. 445-460.*
  7. “Viewing Films as Pseudos, Kalos or Eikos Mythos” co-authored with E. Schmidt in M. Weinman and S. Bildermans (eds.), Plato and the Moving Image. Leiden, Brill: 2018, pp. 37-59.*
  8. “Double Ignorance and the Perversion of Self-Knowledge” in J. Ambury and A. German (eds.), Knowledge and Ignorance of Self in Platonic Philosophy. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press: 2018, pp. 206-222.*
  9. “The Reception of Plato in the Anonymous Prolegomena to Platonic Philosophy” in H. Tarrant, D. Layne, F. Renaud and D. Baltzly (eds.), Brill Companion to the Reception of Plato in Antiquity. Leiden, Brill: 2017, pp. 533-554.*
  10. “Proclus on Socratic Ignorance, Knowledge and Irony” in A. Stavru and C. Moore (eds.), Socrates and the Socratic Dialogue. Leiden, Brill: 2017, pp. 836-854.*
  11. “The Platonic Hero,’” in D. Layne and D Butorac (eds.), Proclus and his Legacy. Berlin, De Gruyter: 2017, pp.53-68.*
  12. “Cosmic Etiology and Demiurgic Mimesis in the Ascent of the Soul” in J. Dillon and A. Timotin (eds.), Platonic Theories of Prayer. Leiden: Brill, 2016, pp. 134-163.
  13.  “Socrates Neoplatonicus,” in R. Goulet (ed.), Dictionnaire des philosophes antiques. Paris, C.N.R.S.-Éditions: 2015, pp. 416-438. English translation and reduced content reprinted in The Neoplatonic Socrates. Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press: 2014, pp. 167-177. 
  14. “Involuntary Evil and the Socratic Problem of Double Ignorance in Proclus,” The International Journal for the Platonic Tradition, J. Finamore (ed.), Leiden, Brill: Spring 2015, pp. 27-53.
  15.  “The Neoplatonic Socrates” co-authored with H. Tarrant in D. A. Layne and H. Tarrant (eds.), The Neoplatonic Socrates.Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press: 2014, pp.1-19.
  16. “The Character of Socrates and the Good of Dialogue Form: Neoplatonic Hermeneutics,” in The Neoplatonic Socrates. (eds.) D. A. Layne and H. Tarrant. Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press: 2014, pp.80-96.
  17. “A Fatal Affair? Socrates’ Foreknowledge and Alcibiades’ Freedom in Proclus,” in P. d’Hoine and G. Van Riel (eds.), Fate, Providence and Moral Responsibility in Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Thought. Leuven, Leuven UP: 2014, pp.267-290.
  18. “Philosophical Prayer in Proclus’ Commentary on Plato’s Timaeus,” Review of Metaphysics, Vol. 67.2, 2013, pp. 345-368.
  19. “From Irony to Enigma: Discovering Double Ignorance in Plato’s Dialogues.” Méthexis: Revista Internacional de Filosofía Antigua/International Journal for Ancient Philosophy. Vol. 23, 2010, pp. 1-18.
  20. “Ceaselessly Testing the Good of Death,” Newsletter for the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, 11(1), 2010, pp. 22-32. 
  21. “In Praise of the Mere Presence of Ignorance from Plato to Erasmus.” The Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. Vol. 83, 2009, pp. 253-267. 
  22. “Refutation and Double Ignorance in Proclus.” Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy. Vol. 13:2, 2009, pp. 347-362. 
  23. “What do Socrates, Abelard, and Heidegger have in Common?” [original title] Philosophy for Everyone: College, Sex and Philosophy, (eds.) F. Allhoff and M. Bruce, Wiley-Blackwell Publishers: 2009.


  1. Review of S. Abel-Rappe’s Socratic Ignorance and Platonic Knowledge in the Dialogues of Plato (SUNY, 2018) in Polis, March 2019.* 
  2. Review of Coleen P. Zoller. Plato and the BodyReconsidering Socratic Asceticism, (SUNY, 2018) in the Journal for the History of Philosophy, 2019.*
  3. Review of E. Watts’ Hypatia: The Life and Legend of an Ancient Philosopher (Oxford University Press, 2017) in The Journal of the Platonic Tradition, vol. 11:2, Brill: Leiden, Fall 2017.*

Popular Philosophy

  1. Hypatia: The Good Woman? Blog of the American Philosophical Association: Women in Philosophy. Published July 2019.*
  2. Platonic Priestesses: Erotic Pedagogy from Antiquity to the Present invited keynote presentation for Women Intellectuals in Antiquity symposium at The University of Oxford. (Feb. 15-16, 2020).*