Naoya Iwata

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Naoya Iwata
University of Oxford
Faculty of Philosophy
Job title
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD(University of Cambridge)
Other affiliation
Wolfson College


I am currently a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Philosophy in the University of Oxford. Previously, I was an Overseas (Postdoctoral) Research Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) at the Faculty of Classics in the University of Cambridge and Non-Stipendiary Research Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge (2016-2018). Before that, in 2015, I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Faculty of Philosophy in the University of Oxford for Prof. Anna Marmodoro’s ERC-funded research project ‘Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies’. I obtained my PhD in July 2015 from Cambridge, where I was supervised by Prof. David Sedley.

My research interest is in ancient philosophy, especially Plato and Aristotle. I am currently investigating how the method of analysis used in ancient Greek mathematics influenced their philosophical methods for achieving knowledge of the first principles of science.

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Mar 2018
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford
Jan 2016
Jan 2018
Overseas Research Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), University of Cambridge, Faculty of Classics
Jan 2015
Dec 2015
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Ancient Philosophy (Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies), Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford
Apr 2009
Sep 2011
JSPS Doctoral Research Fellow (DC1), Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University


PhD in Ancient Philosophy, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge
Master in Ancient Philosophy, Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University
Bachelor, Faculty of Integrated Human Studies, Kyoto University

Awards & Honors

Total exemption from returning a scholarship loan for the Master's course in honour of an outstanding achievement, Japan Student Service Organization (JASSO)

Published Papers

Naoya Iwata
Rhizomata   6(2) 189-212   Nov 2018   [Refereed]
Naoya Iwata
British Journal for the History of Philosophy   24(2) 194-214   Mar 2016   [Refereed]
Naoya Iwata
Apeiron   48(1) 1-19   Jan 2015   [Refereed]
Naoya Iwata
A Journal for Ancient Philosophy (Methodos)   42 31-48   Jun 2010   [Refereed]
Naoya Iwata
The Proceedings of the Department of Ancient Philosophy at Kyoto University (Hypothesis)   15 26-50   Jan 2010


Naoya Iwata
Ancient Philosophy   37(2) 467-471   Dec 2017   [Refereed]
Japanese Translation of Lindsay Judson, ‘Hylomorphism, Teleology and Zeno’s Paradoxes in Aristotle’s Physics’
Naoya Iwata
Appendix Leaflet to Aristotle’s Physics in New Complete Works of Aristotle (in Japanese)      Nov 2017
Naoya Iwata
British Journal for the History of Philosophy   25(1) 200-202   2017   [Refereed]
Japanese Translation of the entries ‘Good’ and ‘Neoplatonism’
Naoya Iwata
New Dictionary of the History of Ideas      Jan 2016

Conference Activities & Talks

Collection and Division in the Phaedrus [Invited]
Naoya Iwata
Ancient Philosophy Workshop   Oct 2019   
Collection and Division in the Sophist [Invited]
Naoya Iwata
Workshop on Plato's Method of Collection and Division   Sep 2019   
Socrates' First Voyage in the Phaedo
Naoya Iwata
Ancient Philosophy Mini-conference   Mar 2019   
Collection and Division and the Method of Hippocrates in the Phaedrus
Naoya Iwata
Ancient Philosophy Seminar   Mar 2019   
The Theory of Recollection in the Phaedo
Naoya Iwata
Ancient Philosophy Forum (Ilissus Seminar)   Mar 2019   


Sep 2019   Organizer of an international workshop
Plato's Method of Collection and Division
Mar 2015   Organizer of an international young reseracher conference
A New Perspective on Plato and his Philosophical Methods
Apr 2013   Organizer of an international graduate conference
First Principles, Cause, and Explanation in Ancient Philosophy

Research Grants & Projects

The Ancient Origin of Analytic Methods
British Academy: Postdoctoral Fellow
Project Year: Mar 2018 - Feb 2021    Investigator(s): Naoya Iwata
A Study on the First Principles of Knowledge in Western Ancient Thought
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Overseas Research Fellow
Project Year: Jan 2016 - Jan 2018    Investigator(s): Naoya Iwata
Plato on Poetry and Craft: Investigation into Rhetoric and Mimesis
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS): Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research
Project Year: Apr 2009 - Sep 2011    Investigator(s): Naoya Iwata

Social Contribution

Guest Talk: 'Weakness of Will in Ancient Greek Philosophy'
[Lecturer]  President's Seminar, Wolfson College (Oxford))  May 2019
Guest Talk: 'Aristotle's Philosophy of Science'
[Lecturer]  Clare Hall Colloquium (Cambridge)  Oct 2016
Guest Lecture: 'The Philosophy of Socrates'
[Lecturer]  UCL-Japan Young Challenge  Jul 2016