Jonathan Fine

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Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer

I am a Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and the Humanities Program. My research and teaching focus on ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, aesthetics, and ethics. I am currently working on a monograph, Virtues of Appearance: Plato and the Pursuit of Beauty and series of articles that together examine how ancient Greek ideas can enrich how we think and feel about beauty. Some of this work has appeared or will appear in Phronesis, Classical Quarterly, and the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. Interested in the cultural contexts that animate philosophical thinking, I am teaching interdisciplinary seminars on Beauty and the Good Life and Philosophy of Art and Culture, and also writing on the historicism of J.G. Herder and the social basis of aesthetic ideals. Before coming to Yale, I received a PhD from Columbia University and studied philosophy in my native Canada. Year ago I performed improv comedy onstage; now, perhaps, with students in the classroom.