My dissertation aims to provide a novel account of Stoic practical reasoning that resolves longstanding interpretive puzzles regarding two central ethical doctrines: ‘indifferents’ (ἀδιάφορα/indifferentia) and ‘appropriate actions’ (καθήκοντα/officia).
1. I am collaborating with Scott Weinstein and Brian Reese on a paper centered around Zeno’s Paradox of Measure. We provide a novel exposition of the modern mathematical resolution of the paradox, and consider the extent to which this answer was accessible to the ancient mathematical understanding of the nature of the linear continuum.
2. I am an inaugural recipient of the Provost’s Graduate Academic Engagement Fellowships at the Netter Center for Community Partnerships (2019-2021). As a fellow I am actively engaged in teaching and research centered around the notion of ‘public philosophy’. At this point I am exploring numerous avenues of research and collaboration on topics ranging from the history of philosophical practice to philosophical issues surrounding community engagement by philosophers.
3. I am interested in Cicero’s reception and transmission of Hellenistic philosophy, especially Stoicism. I am working on two pieces centered on Cicero as a philosopher in his own right. In one paper I examine the significance of Cicero’s translation of the Greek καθῆκον into the Latin officium, both in antiquity and in the modern period. In another piece I explore how Cicero’s conception of rhetorical philosophy shapes his presentation of Stoic doctrine (with a particular focus on de officiis).