Alexander Nehamas *71
Edmund N. Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature, Princeton University
Alexander Nehamas, a member of Princeton’s faculty since 1990, is a prominent writer and teacher on Greek philosophy, the philosophy of art, European philosophy, and literary theory. The Athens native has served as founding director of the Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, chair of the University’s Council of the Humanities, and director of its Program in Hellenic Studies. After earning his doctorate from Princeton, he taught at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pennsylvania before returning to the campus as a faculty member. He is the recipient of the Mellon Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities Award, the International Nietzsche Prize, and Princeton’s President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. His 2007 book, Only a Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art, was named best scholarly book in philosophy by the Association of American Publishers.