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Jacob Klein

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Philosophy , 112 Hascall Hall
p 315-228-6031


PhD, Cornell University (advised by Terence Irwin)


I am interested in ancient ethics and moral psychology generally, but especially as they relate to questions about the objectivity of norms and value. I have recently published two longer papers on some of the central features of Stoic ethical theory. One of these argues for an epistemic account of the value and disvalue the Stoics assign to so-called indifferents; the other reconstructs the Stoic theory of oikeiôsis to show how it supports Stoic claims about the human good. The latter paper, "The Stoic Argument from oikeiôsis," was selected by The Philosopher's Annual as one of the ten best articles published in philosophy in 2016.

I am currently working on a book manuscript that connects the conclusions of these papers to the Stoic theory of motivation and the details of Stoic moral psychology. I am also co-editing The Oxford Handbook of Hellenistic Philosophy (with Nathan Powers at SUNY Albany).

Edited Volume

  • The Oxford Handbook of Hellenistic Philosophy (with Nathan Powers; forthcoming from OUP).

Articles and Chapters

  • "Introduction," (with Nathan Powers), The Oxford Handbook of Hellenistic Philosophy (under contract).
  • "Grasping the Good in Stoicism," The Oxford Handbook of Hellenistic Philosophy (under contract).
  • "Aristotelian and Stoic Virtue," The Routledge Handbook of Hellenistic Philosophy (under contract).
  • "Desire and Impulse in Epictetus and the Older Stoics," Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie (forthcoming). (PDF)
  • "The Stoic Argument from oikeiôsis," Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, 50 (2016), 143-200. (PDF)
  • "Making Sense of Stoic Indifferents," Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, 49 (2015), 227-81. (PDF)
  • "Of Archery and Virtue: Ancient and Modern Conceptions of Value," Philosophers' Imprint Vol. 14, No. 19, June 2014 (PDF)
  • "Stoic Eudaimonism and the Natural Law Tradition," in Reason, Religion and Natural Law: Plato to Spinoza, ed. Jonathan Jacobs (Oxford University Press, 2012) (PDF)
  • "Stoic Thinkers," in Key Ethical Thinkers, ed. Tom Angier (Bloomsbury, 2012) (PDF)


  • Review of Annas and Betegh (eds.), Cicero's 'De finibus': Philosophical Approaches, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2017.05.29
  • Review of Brad Inwood, Ethics after Aristotle (Harvard, 2014), Phoenix Vol. 69, No. 3/4
  • Review of René Brouwer, The Stoic Sage: The Early Stoics on Wisdom, Sagehood and Socrates (Cambridge 2014), Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2015.04.13
  • Review of A. Long (ed.), Plato and the Stoics (Cambridge, 2013), Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2014.09.34
  • Review of Tony Burns, Aristotle and Natural Law (Continuum, 2011), Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2012.06.02
  • Review of Henry Dyson, Prolepsis and Ennoia in the Early Stoa (Walter de Gruyter, 2009), Journal of the History of Philosophy, January, 2011

Recent Courses

  • PHIL 417: Noncognitivism in Ethics
  • PHIL 417: Ancient Ethical Theory
  • PHIL 417: Ancient Stoicism
  • PHIL 381: Skepticism Ancient and Modern
  • PHIL 343: Contemporary Metaethics
  • PHIL 335: Contemporary Epistemology
  • PHIL 301: Ancient Philosophy
  • PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophical Problems
  • CORE 151: Legacies of the Ancient World


  • Fulbright Award to Germany, 2012-13
  • Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship, 2008-09
  • Norman Malcolm Fellowship (Cornell, King's College London), 2006-07