As the 2018 academic year begins, CPAMP is pleased to welcome two new members into the ranks of our faculty, Professors Jessica Gelber and Christian Pfeiffer, as well as a new post-doctoral fellow, Willie Costello.
Jessica Gelber, who takes up her position this fall, is a Berkeley Ph.D. (2010) with interests centring on Aristotle’s natural philosophy and metaphysics, about which she has published a wide range of articles. She joins us after serving as an Assistant Professor at the University of Syracuse and the University of Pittsburgh.
Christian Pfeiffer, who will be joining us in the spring term, earned his doctorate at the Humboldt Universität of Berlin. He comes to Toronto after serving as a Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter at the Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and as a visiting professor at the Humboldt Universität. His interests centre on Aristotle’s metaphysics and natural philosophy, about which he has published a wide range of articles and a monograph, Aristotle’s Theory of Bodies (Oxford 2018).
Willie Costello is a Toronto Ph.D. (2015) with interests centring on Plato and ancient metaphysics. He joins us following a stint as post-doctoral fellow at Stanford, in their Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities.
In addition, James Allen will be serving as CPAMP’s new director for the 2018 academic year. His contact information can be found on our “Contact Us” page.
Congratulations to Dr. Marion Durand for the successful defense (June 2018) of her PhD thesis, “Language and Reality: Stoic Semantics Reconstructed”, in the classics department. The members of her committee were Brad Inwood (supervisor), James Allen, Rachel Barney, and Gurpreet Rattan. Marion is currently a lecturer in the classics department at the University of Toronto. See her website for more information on her current research and teaching: https://marionodurand.wixsite.com/info
Congratulations to recent CPAMP graduate, Bryan Reece, who will begin a one year fellowship at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C. this fall. During his fellowship, he will be working on a monograph called Aristotle on Happiness, Virtue, and Wisdom. Be sure also to keep an eye out for his many forthcoming publications: ‘Are There Really Two Kinds of Happiness in Aristotle’s Ethics?’, forthcoming in Classical Philology, ‘Aristotle’s Four Causes of Action’, forthcoming in Australasian Journal of Philosophy, and ‘Out of Thin Air? Diogenes of Apollonia on Causal Explanation’, to be published in an edited volume entitled Heat, Pneuma, and Soul in Ancient Philosophy and Science: From the Presocratics to Aristotle, by Cambridge University Press.
This is the tenth Annual Toronto Workshop in Ancient Philosophy (ATWAP). The theme for this year’s workshop is ‘New Approaches to the Presocratics’. All sessions will be held in Room 100, Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George St. Toronto. For more details, see the ATWAP page or the Events page.
Professor Gerson, working with a team of scholars, served as editor and contributing translator for the first complete edition of the Enneads in English in over 75 years. The other translators were George Boys-Stones (University of Durham), John Dillon (Trinity College Dublin), R. A. H. King (Universität Bern, Switzerland), Andrew Smith (University College Dublin), and James Wilberding (Ruhr-Universität, Bochum, Germany). The new edition was based on the best available text, the editio minor of Henry and Schwyzer and its corrections. The volume was published by Cambridge University Press in December, 2017.
Dear friends and colleagues, this fall we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the University of Toronto’s Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (CPAMP) with a series of talks by Prof. Peter Adamson (LMU Munich), October 11th – October 13th. Please see the Events page for more details!
Congratulations to Dr. Jacob Stump, for the successful defense (June 2017) of his PhD thesis, “Socratic Method and Moral Motivation”, in the philosophy department. The members of his committee were Rachel Barney (supervisor), Brad Inwood, James Allen, and Tom Hurka. Jacob is currently a lecturer in the philosophy department at the University of Toronto. See his website for more information on his current teaching and research: http://www.jacobstump.com/
Prof. Rachel Barney has just been appointed Canada Research Chair in Ancient Philosophy, and received a nice letter from Justin Trudeau!
Congratulations to Dr. Robert Howton on the successful defense of his PhD thesis (accepted Nov. 9 2016), “Aristotle’s Case for Perceptual Knowledge”, in the Philosophy Department, and to his Committee: Jennifer Whiting (supervisor), Brad Inwood, and Lloyd Gerson. Robbie is at present Visiting Lecturer in the Philosophy Dept. at the University of Pittsburgh.
Congratulations to Dr. Bryan Reece, whose PhD thesis, “The Ontology, Etiology, and Moral Psychology of Action: Aristotle and Today”, was successfully defended in August this year. Bryan’s supervisor was Prof. Lloyd Gerson; other committee members were Brad Inwood and Philip Clark. This year Bryan is a Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at the University of Toronto, teaching courses on Aristotle, human nature, and early modern philosophy.