About Kristin Boyce

Starkville, Mississippi

Kristin Boyce (CBA ’19-20) is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Faculty Fellow in the Shackouls Honors College at Mississippi State University. She received a doctorate in Philosophy from The University of Chicago in 2010. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including an ACLS New Faculty Fellowship, a postdoctoral fellowship from Stanford University, and a Josephine De Karmán Dissertation Fellowship. Her primary research interests are in Philosophy of Art, History of Early Analytic Philosophy, and Wittgenstein. She is the 2019 Mississippi State University Humanities Teacher of the Year.

Diotima at the Ballet: Reinventing Modernism in Philosophy and the Arts

At CBA, Boyce will develop a manuscript organized around a concept of “conversation” that is first articulated by Diotima, one of the only female figures in Plato’s dialogues. In The Symposium, Diotima describes conversation not (as contemporary philosophers often think of it) as a vehicle for conveying information but instead as a medium for forming and transforming the soul of a citizen. The book argues that although contemporary philosophy and the arts find themselves in radically transformed circumstances, they should, and sometimes do, continue to answer to this time-honored Socratic aspiration and that the choreography of Alexei Ratmansky provides the best example of how this can be done.


Kristin Boyce.

Kristin Boyce. Photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University

Kristin Boyce.