Jacob Klein

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Jacob Klein

Associate Professor of Philosophy

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Philosophy
112 Hascall Hall

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).

  • The Oxford Handbook of Hellenistic Philosophy (with Nathan Powers; forthcoming from OUP).
  • Review of Annas and Betegh (eds.), Cicero's 'De finibus': Philosophical ApproachesBryn 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 SageThe 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
  • 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