I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bard College and an affiliated member of Bard's Classical Studies program. From 2010 to 2012, I was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Yale University. I have also been an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Iona College and a Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research.

My research is focused on questions about the nature and origins of evil in human life. My pursuit of these questions leads me to engage with a variety of areas of philosophical research, including ethics, political philosophy, moral psychology, and the philosophy of mind. I also draw on sources from a variety of historical periods and traditions, including ancient Greek philosophy (especially Plato and Aristotle), medieval philosophy (especially Augustine and Aquinas), critical theory (especially Marx and Nietzsche), and analytic philosophy (especially neo-Aristotelian work).

I regularly teach the following courses at Bard: Introduction to Ancient Philosophy, Introduction to Ethics, History of Philosophy I and II, and Medieval Philosophy. I also teach the Fall semester of Bard's First-Year Seminar.

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), the University of Potsdam, and Nihon University (Tokyo). 

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 "Aristotle on Vice by Choice" at the Third International Congress of Greek Philosophy at the University of Lisbon, April 20-22, 2016

-My essay "Domesticity and Disaster" was published in the inaugural issue of Revenant Quarterly: www.revenantquarterly.org.

-I presented 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 presented 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:

Philosophy Program
Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
(845) 758-7280
jelliott@bard.edu