I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bard College. I received my  B. A. from New York University in 2000, and my Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago in 2010. From 2010 to 2012, I was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Yale University. I have also been a Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research, and an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Iona College.

My research generally inhabits the intersection of ethics, social and political philosophy, and philosophy of action. I have also written on topics in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of art. My work engages with a range of philosophical figures and traditions, including ancient and medieval philosophers (especially Plato, Aristotle and Aquinas), as well as contemporary analytic philosophers such as Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, John Rawls, and John McDowell.

I have been an invited speaker at many universities in the U.S. and abroad, including Temple University, Dartmouth College, Auburn University, the Université de Picardie (Amiens), the Institut d'Histoire des Sciences (Paris), and the Institut für Philosophie at the University of Potsdam.

I am also co-editor, with James Conant, of the forthcoming Norton Anthology of Western Philosophy, Volume 5: The Analytic Tradition.

You can download my complete CV here.  

Recent news:

-I will present my paper "Virtue and External Goods in Aristotle" at the annual meeting of the American Philological Association in New Orleans, January 8-11, 2015

-In May 2014, I will be presenting my paper "Contingency and Immortality" as part of a conference on the Philosophy of Mental Time at Nihon University in Tokyo

-I presented my paper "Virtue Embodied and Embedded" as part of the Joint Meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy and the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science at Fordham University-Lincoln Center, on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013

-I presented my paper "Rawlsian Congruence and the Legacy of Ancient Political Thought" at the conference "Ancient Ideas in the Contemporary World" at the Instituto Lucio Anneo Seneca, Universidad Carlos III Madrid, November 14-15, 2013

-My article "Platonic Ethical Skepticism" is forthcoming in The International Journal for the Study of Skepticism

Contact me:

Bard College
P.O. Box 2050
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-2050
(845) 758-7280
jelliott@bard.edu