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Martha Beck

  Dr. Martha Beck
  Professor of Philosophy

  Contact information
  Office 320 in the Lyon Business and Economics Building 
  (870) 307-7533martha.beck@lyon.edu


Dr. Martha C. Beck is Professor of Philosophy at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Bryn Mawr College.

Most of her work relates to the legacy of ancient Greek civilization in the era of globalization. She has published twelve books and 44 book chapters and journal articles. She has published on Plato and Carl Jung, Plato and Greek tragedy, Aristotle and Greek tragedy, Aristotle and the United Nations’ Capabilities approach to human development, Aristotle and Systems thinking, Aristotle and Environmental philosophy, Greek culture and the arts, Greek culture and neuroscience, and the Greek goddesses and feminist thought. Her articles have been published in journals in the United States, Greece, The Russian Republic, The Czech Republic, Italy, South Africa, Australia, Indonesia and China. She also has a YouTube channel titled M. Beck Ph.D. Philosophy with 76 videos and 6 Playlists connected to the same theme.

Dr. Beck welcomes opportunities to teach abroad. In 2012 and 2017 she taught and worked with colleagues in Indonesia. In 2014 and 2015 she taught summer school in Prague, and she has led six Lyon student tours to Greece. 

Cell: (001)-870-834-2299. 



“Ancient Greek Culture and the Concept of Health,” one of the plenary speakers at the annual meeting of the Olympic Center for Greek Philosophy and Culture, Olympia, Greece, July 31-Aug. 2, 2018.

“The Application of Aristotle’s Notions of Dunamis and Energeia to the Development of International Civilization in the Era of Globalization,” Honorary Invited Speaker at the annual meeting of the International Association for Greek Philosophy, Samos, Greece, July 20-17, 2018.

“The Important Place of Indonesian Islam in the Formation of International Civilization Today,” plenary speech with longer paper delivered at the conference on “Re-learning to be Human for Global Times: A Dialogue between Islam and Culture,” at Paramadina Institute of Ethics and Civilizations, Jakarta, Indonesia, sponsored by the Center for Research on Values and Philosophy in Washington, DC, Jan. 3, 2017.

“Islam, Cross-Cultural Values and Publication in International Journals,” lecture delivered to post-graduate students from nearby universities at Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University, Dec. 29, 2017.



Looking for the Ancient Greeks: Damasio, Aristotle and Human Flourishing, United Kingdom, Newcastle on Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2018.

Using the Greek Goddesses to Create a Well-Lived Life for Women,  United Kingdom, Newcastle on Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2018.

Why Do Feminists Undervalue Motherhood?: A Classicist’s Review of Margaret King’s How Mothers Shaped Successful Sone and Created World History. Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 2017.

“Plato’s Dialogues: Creating Friendships Bonds for 2400 Years,” Dialogue and Universalism: Journal of the International Society for Universal Dialogue, Vol. XXVIII, No. 2, 2018. P. 99-118.

“Weaving Together a Global Civilization that Nurture Justice and Peace: A Vision for Muslim Educators at Indonesia’s UIN Institutions,” Sunan Kalijaga: International Journal of Islamic Civilization, Yogyakarta, Indonesia: Vol. 1, No. 1, March 2018, p. 1-36.

“Aristotelian Leadership: Creating a Community Ethos Founded on Intercutural Virtues,” Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics, Atlanta, Georgia: North American Business Press, Vol. 15 (1), 2018, p. 74-86.

“Socrates as Doctor of the Soul, Purging People of False Opinions: A Model of the Intellectual Gadfly for Our Time, Thessaloniki, Greece: Papryi: Scientific Journal of the Academy of Institutions and Cultures, Vol. 6, 2017, p. 86-96.