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Peter Phillips Simpson
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. Victoria University of Manchester
Research Interests

General areas of research interest are ancient and medieval philosophy, and moral and political philosophy. Main current project is Aristotle's Other Ethics, which is a study of writings on ethics found in the Aristotelian corpus besides the famous Nicomachean Ethics, to wit the Eudemian Ethics, the Magna Moralia, and the On Virtues and Vices. Most recent publication is a transcription and translation of Aristotle's lately discovered Constitution or Regime of the Americans (Amerikanon Politeia).

Courses Recently Taught

  • The Discovery of Metaphysics (Spring 2010)
  • The Discovery of Metaphysics: Parmenides, Plato, Aristotle (Spring 2007)
  • Aristotle's Metaphysics (Spring 2006)
  • Aquinas; co-taught with Gyula Klima (Fall 2005)
  • Topics in Greek Literature: Aristotle: Ethics and Politics (Selections) (Fall 2004)
  • Aristotle's Philosophy of Science (Spring 2004)
  • Aristotle's Politics (Spring 2003)
  • Plato and the Pre-Socratics (Fall 2002)
  • Virtue Ethics (Spring 2001)

Representative Publications

Goodness and Nature: A Defense of Ethical Naturalism (Nijhoff, 1987) (2005 online version available here) For a new supplement to Goodness and Nature, 2005 click here.

The Politics of Aristotle, Translated with introduction, analysis, and notes (University of North Carolina Press, 1997)

A Philosophical Commentary on the Politics of Aristotle, (University of North Carolina Press, 1998)

On Karol Wojtyla (Wadsworth, 2001)

Vices, Virtues, and Consequences (Catholic University of America Press, 2001)