Pauline Sabrier

Pauline Sabrier

AOS: Ancient Philosophy
AOC: Metaphysics; History of Philosophy; Philosophy of Mind
Languages: French, English, German, Italian (reading only), Ancient Greek


2012–2016 PhD in Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin
Title: ‘Change and Rest in Plato’s Sophist: An Inquiry Into the Two Forgotten Great Kinds (megista genê) of the Sophist’
Supervisor: Vasilis Politis
Committee: James Miller (TCD, Chair), Verity Harte (Yale, External Examiner), Dermot Moran (UCD, External Examiner)
Awarded: February 2017, passed without corrections.
2011–2012 visiting student, Humboldt University Berlin
2009–2011 MPhil in Philosophy, Paris IV-Sorbonne University
Area : History of Philosophy
Thesis: Plato’s refutation of Protagoras in the Theaetetus
Supervisor: André Laks
2006–2009 BA in Philosophy, Paris IV-Sorbonne University

Professional Experiences

2016–2017 Adjunct Lecturer, Philosophy Department, Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
2013–2017 Teaching Assistant, Philosophy Department, TCD


Teaching Experience


As a lecturer, my role involved:
- sole lecturer
- responsibility for all module design
- setting and marking essays and exams
- supervision of student essays
- overseeing teaching performed by Teaching Assistants


• Introduction to Ancient Philosophy
1st year course, History of Philosophy I, Philosophy Department, TCD
This course offered an introduction to some of the main figures and central topics in Ancient Philosophy: Parmenides on being and not-being;Parmenides and the problem of change; Plato’s method of enquiry in the early dialogues; Plato’s theory of Forms; Aristotle’s response to the problem on change.
• Introduction to Causation
1st year course, Topics II, Philosophy Department, TCD
This course offered an introduction to the problem of causation. Lecturing on the origin of the notion of cause in Antiquity (Plato, Aristotle) and covering Hume’s criticism and Kant’s response to Hume.
• Plato’s Sophist on Being
4th year course, Ancient Philosophy Seminar, Philosophy Department, TCD
Course for advanced students. The course centred on the problem of being in the dialogue. Lecturing on: Plato’s ontological project in the Sophist; the difference between the question ‘What is being?’ and the question ‘What is there?’; Plato’s criticism of his predecessors; Plato’s development; the theory of the five great kinds.

As a Teaching Assistant (TA), my role involved:
- choice of topics and reading material to be covered in consultation with lecturer
- assigning and giving feedback on presentations
- leading the discussion
- marking essays
- carrying out essay feedback interviews


Philosophy of Science and Language
2nd year students, Philosophy Department, TCD
• Philosophy of Science
• Philosophy of Language
History of Philosophy II
2nd year students, Philosophy Department, TCD
• Kant, Hegel
• Modern Analytic Philosophy
History of Philosophy I
1st year students, Philosophy Department, TCD
• Ancient Philosophy
• Medieval Philosophy
• the Rationalists
• the Empiricists
Central Problems in Philosophy
1st year students, Philosophy Department, TCD
• Philosophy of Religion
• Philosophy of Mind
• Metaphysics
• Moral Philosophy

Outreach Activities


• Evening Lecture Series, Philosophy Department, TCD
Lecture 1, ‘Great Philosophers’: Plato
Lecture 2, ‘Big Questions in Philosophy’: Do We Have Souls?
These were part of a public lecture series hosted by the Philosophy Department, TCD.
• UCL Summer School in Ancient Philosophy, Instructor, 24-28 July
This was a five day introductory course to Ancient Philosophy for students with no background in Philosophy. The group was composed of 17 students, ranged from GCSE and A level students, university
students to mature learners. There were 4 classes and a debate session each day.
Details available here:



Forthcoming — ‘Forms and Great Kinds (megista genê) in Plato’s Sophist’, to be presented in Milan, 13-14 October 2017, as part of the conference ‘Forms.
New Perspective on Ancient Metaphysics and Epistemology.’ This will lead to publication in a volume on the topic of the conference.
— ‘Identity, Difference and Composition in Plato’s Parmenides and Sophist’, to be presented in Dublin, 24-25 March 2018, as part of the International Plato Society (IPS). This will lead to publication in Les Études Platoniciennes.
2017 — ‘Plato’s Symposium’, in The Platonic Mind, eds. Politis & Larsen, Routledge, commissioned.
— H. H. Benson, Clitophon‘s Challenge. Dialectic in Plato‘s Meno, Phaedo, Republic, Oxford University Press (2015), International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 2017, vol. 25, n. 2, pp. 302-306.
2016 — V. Politis, The Structure of Enquiry in Plato’s Early Dialogues,Cambridge University Press (2015), Archai Journal, 2016, n. 16 Jan.-Apr., pp. 219-221.