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Boston Magazine names Stanley Rosen one of Boston’s brilliant brains.

A Boston University professor is among Boston’s brilliant brains, according to Boston magazine’s October 2006 issue, which cites Stanley Rosen, Borden Parker Bowne Professor of Philosophy and a University Professor, among its choices.

The topic of intelligent minds in urban centers is familiar to Rosen, who explored the relationship between philosophy and politics in a yearlong seminar on Plato’s Republic he taught at BU during the 2001-2002 academic year.

“The city must be made safe for philosophy, but philosophy must also be made safe for the city,” Rosen explains in the epilogue to Plato’s Republic: A Study, published last year by Yale University Press.

A BU professor since 1994, Rosen has published 19 books on such subjects as Hegel, Nietzsche, Plato, Heidegger, and political and analytical philosophy, among them The Quarrel Between Philosophy and Poetry and The Web of Politics. His books and articles have been translated into French, German, Catalan, Italian, Polish, Japanese, Chinese, and other languages. He is a past president of the Metaphysical Society of America.

Rosen graduated from the University of Chicago and did postdoctoral work at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. He was a Fulbright Research Professor at the University of Paris, served as a postdoctoral fellow of the Humanities Research Institute of the University of Wisconsin, and pursued his research at Tübingen and Heidelberg Universities and the London School of Economics.