I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Western (effective July 2012). I received my PhD from the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University, where I wrote a dissertation titled “Aristotle’s Theory of Decision (prohairesis)” under the supervision of Terry Irwin (2006). I came to Western as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2005. In the 2012-13 academic year I will be on research leave in Oxford, where I have been elected Visiting Scholar at Corpus Christi College in Michaelmas term. I will also be affiliated with St. Catherine's College. I was also granted research leave from Western in the spring of 2012, and spent that time as well in Oxford, where my husband M. Y. Nawaz is a postgraduate student in the Faculty of History. In the 2007/8 academic year, I held a Lectureship in the Faculty of Philosophy at Cambridge University and a Fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge. My research has centered on questions at the intersection of Aristotle’s ethics and moral psychology. Recent publications include “Deliberation as Inquiry: Aristotle’s Alternative to the Presumption of Open Alternatives”, Philosophical Review (2011), "Dirtying Aristotle's Hands? The Analysis of Mixed Acts in Nicomachean Ethics III, 1", Phronesis (2007), and "The Private Parts of Animals – Aristotle on the Teleology of Sexual Difference", Phronesis (2008). I have recently completed a paper titled “The Will – Origin of the Notion in Aristotle’s Thought”, which will appear in a special issue of the journal Antiquorum Philosophia, as well as a paper titled “Deliberation and What is Up to Us – Practical Knowledge and the Boundaries of Responsibility in Aristotle". In the first I question Michael Frede’s rationale for denying that Aristotle has a notion of the will in his posthumously published Sather Lectures, A Free Will: Origins of the Notion in Ancient Thought (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011). In the second, I examine the notion of "to eph’hêmin" in the context of Aristotle’s theory of practical reasoning. My paper “The Nicomachean Ethics in Hellenistic Philosophy” is on its way to appearing in Jon Miller (ed.), The Reception of Aristotle’s Ethics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012). "Aristotle on Principles in Ethics" will be published in a volume of papers I am editing with my colleague here at Western, Devin Henry, titled Bridging the Gap between Aristotle's Science and Ethics. The volume is under contract with Cambridge University Press. I plan to spend my sabbatical leave completing a monograph that examines Aristotle’s theory of practical reason and rational motivation. It is tentatively titled Aristotle’s Theory of Decision and its Legacy. In October 2011, I organized the conference "Friendship in the Aristotelian Tradition" with my Ph.D. student Kristina Biniek. You can find a program in the links listed in the right-hand column. We hope to publish a collection of papers based on the conference. My work was briefly but joyfully interrupted by the birth of my daughter Noor Andrea on February 17, 2008. Noor’s current playtime interests range from Plato to Play-Doh – the first exclusively as sketching paper, the second because it is the ultimate, undifferentiated stuff for the ultimate, Platonic demiurge. Before arriving at Cornell on a Fulbright Fellowship in 2000, I was a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in my native city Trondheim, where I also earned a Cand. mag. degree (B.A.-equivalent) and a Cand. philol. degree (M.A.- equivalent) in the late 90’s. Trondheim is a beautiful Medieval city at 63,4º North. In Canada, that is equivalent to the latitude of Iqaluit, Nunavut (so, north of the Hudson Bay), though unlike Iqaluit, Trondheim benefits from the balmy Gulf Stream. It is a pleasant place, if a little dark in winter.
Aristotle on Principles in Ethics, Bridging the Gap between Aristotle's Science and Ethics (2012)
Aristotle on Economy and Private Property, The Cambridge Companion to Aristotle Politics (2011)
The Will – Origins of the Notion in Aristotle's Thought, Antiquorum Philosophia (2012)
"Deliberation as Inquiry: Aristotle's Alternative to the Presumption of Open Alternatives", The Philosophical Review (2011)
Dirtying Aristotle's Hands? Aristotle's Analysis of 'Mixed Acts' in the Nicomachean Ethics III, 1, Phronesis (2007)
Bridging the Gap between Aristotle's Science and Ethics (with Devin Henry) (2012)