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GBonasio CLST profile

I am a sixth-year PhD candidate (ABD) at Columbia University and my areas of specialization are ancient philosophy, ethics and moral psychology. Trained as a philosopher and as a classicist, I am writing a dissertation entitled Happiness and Superlative Value in the Eudemian Ethics. In my work, I investigate questions about human motivation and good human lives. In particular, I argue that in the Eudemian Ethics, Aristotle ascribes specific roles in motivation to the good, the beautiful and the pleasant. I am especially interested in the complex virtue of kalokagathia (the virtue of being-beautiful-and-good). I argue that in the EE, Aristotle proposes a different perfect agent from the one of the Nicomachean Ethics, often considered the phronimos. The perfect agent of the EE is the agent who possesses kalokagathia. The agent who has kalokagathia possesses all the virtues, including also the virtues of theoretical thinking. While working within the framework of Aristotle’s ethical theory, I also aim to find out how Aristotelian ideas contribute to contemporary debates in virtue ethics and virtue epistemology and how they may help us come up with new ideas. My work contributes also to the investigation of questions related to the Nicomachean Ethics and to a better understanding of this text. Even though my dissertation focuses on Aristotle’s ethics, I have also research interests in Plato’s Simposium, Republic and Philebus, as well as in Epicurean philosophy. I have recently worked on the notion of the sublime in Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura, on which I published an article.

In 2017-2018, I am a Preceptor in Contemporary Civilization (a two-semester class on moral and political philosophy from Plato to the 20th century: https://www.college.columbia.edu/core/conciv/texts) in the Core Curriculum at Columbia University.

Before coming to Columbia University, I did research on emotions in Aristotle’s philosophy and in Greek tragedies. I worked on the multiple senses of being in Aristotle, Brentano and Heidegger. And I did research on Heidegger’s unpublished notes on Brentano’s Von der Mannigfachen Bedeutung des Seienden. 

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