Catherine Rowett is professor emerita of the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. She started her academic career as a classicist working on ancient philosophy, but has also published in theology and philosophy more generally. She has held academic posts in Cambridge, Oxford, Swansea, Liverpool and Norwich. She is the author of Rethinking Early Greek Philosophy (1987), Eros Unveiled (1994), Presocratic Philosophy, a very short introduction (2004), Dumb Beasts and Dead Philosophers (2007), Knowledge and Truth in Plato (2018). She is currently writing on Plato’s Republic,Symposium, and Crito, as well as on questions about how matter figures in the thought of Presocratic Philosophers and on failings in traditional economic theories about rationality and motivation.
Besides her academic career she is a serving politician. She was elected as a member of the European Parliament (Green Party) in 2019 (ended by Brexit in 2020), and recently elected as County Councillor for West Depwade on Norfolk County Council in July 2023. She is the General Election candidate for South Norfolk, Green Party National Spokesperson on Work, Employment and Social Security, and she also organises the party’s Europe Policy Working Group.