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

My research and teaching take up a set of overlapping topics: ancient Greek ethical and political thought, especially that of Plato and Aristotle; the diverse receptions and resonances of ancient ethical traditions in later figures such as Augustine, Aquinas, Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Anscombe, and Foucault; conceptions of philosophy as a practice or way of life in antiquity and after; medieval Latin moral and political philosophers, especially Augustine and Aquinas; ethics in Kant and post-Kantian French and German thought; theories of sexism, racism, and other forms of social injustice; analytic moral philosophy, especially virtue ethics; connections between philosophical ethics and topics in social, developmental and cultural psychology; the philosophy of animals and human-animal relationships; and ethical themes in fiction, memoir and film.

I regularly teach the following courses at Bard: Introduction to Ancient Philosophy, Introduction to Ethics, History of Philosophy I and II, Political Theory, and Medieval Philosophy. In recent years I have taught advanced seminars on virtue ethics, Aristotle, and animal ethics. I also teach in Bard's First-Year Seminar.

I have presented my research at many universities in the U.S. and abroad, including Temple University, Dartmouth College, Auburn University, Fordham University, Universidad Carlos III (Madrid), Universidade de Lisboa, Université de Picardie (Amiens), the Institut d'Histoire des Sciences (Paris), Universität Potsdam, and Nihon University (Tokyo). 

My book, Character, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury Press. I am also co-editor, with James Conant, of the forthcoming Norton Anthology of Western Philosophy, Volume 5: The Analytic Tradition.

You can view my complete CV here.  

Recent news:

-I will present my paper "Aristotle on the Voluntariness of Vice" at the annual meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy in New York City, October 28-30, 2016

-My article "Aristotle on Vicious Choice" is forthcoming in the British Journal for the History of Philosophy

-My paper "Aristotle on Virtue, Happiness and External Goods" is forthcoming in Ancient Philosophy

-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