I am a PhD candidate (ABD) at Columbia University and my area of specialization is ancient philosophy, in particular ethics and moral psychology. 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. I am writing a dissertation entitled Happiness and Superlative Value in the Eudemian Ethics. In my work, I investigate the questions of what motivates people to act and of what contributes to a good life. 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. 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.
Though my dissertation focuses on the Eudemian Ethics, I also have research interests in the Nicomachean Ethics as well as in Plato’s Symposium and Philebus. More generally, I want to get clear about the ethical-cum-aesthetic notion of kalon in Plato and Aristotle, and about the nature of desire and emotions in ancient thought. I investigate the history of kalokagathia before and after Aristotle. I also have a great interest in Latin and Greek literature in general, and especially in ways in which ancient poets contribute to cosmological thought. I have recently worked on the notion of the sublime in Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura, on which I published an article.