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Iakovos Vasiliou
Position: Professor of Philosophy
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh; B.A. Cornell University

Research Interests

  • Ancient Ethics
  • Ancient Philosophy of Mind
  • Ethics
  • Moral Epistemology

Courses Recently Taught

  • The Problem of Perception in Ancient Philosophy (Spring 2017)
  • Proseminar (with Jesse Prinz, Fall 2016)
  • Eudaimonism (Spring 2016) 
  • Plato's Republic (Fall 2015)
  • Aristotle's De Anima (Spring 2014)
Representative Publications

Moral Motivation (Oxford University Press, 2016).


Aiming at Virtue in Plato (Cambridge University Press, 2008).


"Plato, Forms, and Moral Motivation" in Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, 49 (2015), 37-70.


"Platonic Virtue: An Alternative Approach" in Philosophy Compass 9/9 (2014), 605-14.


 "Apparent Goods: Critical Notice of Jessica Moss' Aristotle on the Apparent Good: Perception, Phantasia, Thought, and Desire" in Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 46 (2014), 353-381.  


"Socratic Irony" in Nick Smith and John Bussanich (eds.) The Bloomsbury Companion to Socrates (Bloomsbury Academic Publishing, 2013), 20-34.


"Theoretical Nous and its Objects in Aristotle" in Proceedings for the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy XXVIII 2012 (Leiden, 2013), 161-180.


"Aristotle, Agents, and Actions" in Jon Miller (ed.), Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics: A Critical Guide (Cambridge University Press, 2011), 170-190.


 "From the Phaedo to the Republic: Plato's Tripartite Soul and the Possibility of Non-Philosophical Virtue" in R. Barney, T. Brennan, and C. Brittain (eds.) Plato and the Divided Self (Cambridge University Press, 2011), 9-32.


with Jonathan Adler, "Inferring Character from Reasoning: the Example of Euthyphro" in American Philosophical Quarterly 45.1 (2008), 43-56.


"Virtue and Argument in Aristotle's Ethics" in S. Tenenbaum (ed.), Moral Psychology: Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and Humanities, v. 94 (Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2007), pp. 35-76.


"Reality, What Matters, and The Matrix", in C. Grau (ed.), Philosophers Explore the Matrix (Oxford University Press, 2005), 98-114.


"Disputing Socratic Principles: Character and Argument in the 'Polus Episode' of the Gorgias" in Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 84.3 (2002), 245-272.


"Socrates' Reverse Irony", The Classical Quarterly 52.1 (2002), 220-30


"Wittgenstein, Religious Belief, and On Certainty" in R. Arrington and M. Addis (eds.), Wittgenstein and Philosophy of Religion (Routledge, 2001), 29-50


"Conditional Irony in the Socratic Dialogues", The Classical Quarterly 49.2 (Dec 1999), 456-472.


"Perception, Knowledge and the Sceptic in Aristotle", Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 14 (1996), 83-131.


"The Role of Good Upbringing in Aristotle's Ethics", Philosophy and Phenomenlogical Research 56 (1996), 771-797.