Emory University
Department of Philosophy
PhD, 2009
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Areas of Specialization
Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy
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    Plato Philebus, translated by James Wood
    Ancient Philosophy 40 (2): 490-494. 2020.
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    Colloquium 4 Epicureans on Pity, Slavery, and Autonomy
    Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 34 (1): 119-136. 2019.
    Diogenes Laertius reports that the Epicurean sage will pity slaves rather than punish them. This paper considers why a hedonistic egoist would feel pity for her subordinates, given that pity can cause psychological pain. I argue that Epicureans feel bad for those who lack the natural good of security, and that Epicureans’ concern for others is entirely consistent with their hedonistic egoism: they will endure the pain of pity in order to achieve the greater pleasure of social cohesion and to avo…Read more
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    Natural and Neutral States in Plato's Philebus
    Apeiron 44 (2): 191-209. 2011.
    In the Philebus, Plato claims that there exists a natural state of organic harmony in which a living organism is neither restored nor depleted. In contrast to many scholars, I argue that this natural state of organic stability differs from a neutral state between pleasure and pain that Plato also discusses in the dialogue: the natural is without any changes to the organism, the neutral is merely without the perception of these changes. I contend that Plato considers the natural state to be unobt…Read more
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    This book links Plato and Epicurus, two of the most prominent ethicists in the history of philosophy, exploring how Platonic material lays the conceptual groundwork for Epicurean hedonism. It argues that, despite their significant philosophical differences, Plato and Epicurus both conceptualise pleasure in terms of the health and harmony of the human body and soul. It turns to two crucial but underexplored sources for understanding Epicurean pleasure: Plato's treatment of psychological health an…Read more
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    Epicureans on Marriage as Sexual Therapy
    Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought 2 (33): 291-311. 2016.
    This paper argues that although Epicureans will never marry for love, they may find it therapeutic to marry for sex: Epicureans may marry in order to limit anxiety about securing a sexual partner if they are prone to such anxiety and if they believe their prospective partner will satisfy them sexually. The paper shows that Epicureans believe that the process of obtaining sex can be a major source of anxiety, that it is acceptable for the sage to marry under certain circumstances, and that the de…Read more
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    Impure Intellectual Pleasure and the Phaedrus
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (1): 21-45. 2016.
    This paper considers how Plato can account for the fact that pain features prominently in the intellectual pleasures of philosophers, given that in his view pleasures mixed with pain are ontologically deficient and inferior to ‘pure,’ painless pleasures. After ruling out the view that Plato does not believe intellectual pleasures are actually painful, I argue that he provides a coherent and overlooked account of pleasure in the Phaedrus, where purity does not factor into the philosopher’s judgme…Read more
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    Augustine's Defense and Redemption of the Body
    Studia Patristica 70 529-37. 2013.