Bryan Reece

Bryan Reece
John and Daria Barry Postdoctoral Fellow
Wieboldt Hall, Room 401
PhD, University of Toronto, 2016
Teaching at UChicago since 2019
Research Interests: Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy, Metaphysics (Action, Causation, Grounding), and Virtue Theory

I am joining the faculty in Autumn 2019 as the John and Daria Barry Postdoctoral Fellow. I received my PhD in Philosophy from the University of Toronto with additional certification from the Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy. My current research projects focus primarily on Aristotle and current debates in Ethics, Metaphysics, and Philosophy of Action that his work has inspired. Among these projects is a monograph called Aristotle on Happiness, Virtue, and Wisdom, which is under contract with Cambridge University Press. This book argues for a new understanding of the relationship between theoretical and practical activity in the happy life. Other projects include a series of papers on ethical and epistemic virtues, a monograph called Aristotle on the Causation of Action, and a series of papers on metaphysical grounding and its Aristotelian roots.  

My publications are as follows:

  • Aristotle on Divine and Human Contemplation. Ergo: An Open Access Journal of Philosophy (forthcoming).
  • Are There Really Two Kinds of Happiness in Aristotle’s Nicomachean EthicsClassical Philology 115.2 (2020): 270–280. DOI: 10.1086/707809
  • Out of Thin Air? Diogenes of Apollonia on Causal Explanation. In Heat, Pneuma and Soul in Ancient Philosophy and Science: From the Presocratics to Aristotle, edited by H. Bartoš and C. King, Cambridge University Press (2020): 106–120. DOI: 10.1017/9781108651714.007
  • Aristotle’s Four Causes of Action. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 97.2 (2019): 213–227. DOI: 10.1080/00048402.2018.1482932

Recent Courses

PHIL 21720/31720 Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics

(FNDL 21908 )

This course is a study of the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle's most widely read philosophical treatise on the best life for human beings. In it he offers enduringly relevant answers to question such as: What is happiness? How can studying ethics promote happiness? What is the relationship between being happy and being morally good? What features are characteristic of the morally good person? What role does friendship play in the happy life? What about goods like honor, health, pleasure, and money? To what extent do we have control over our actions, character, and happiness? What level of intellectual activity is required for happiness? To what extent can one engage in such activity without being morally good? (A) (IV)

Undergraduates who are not Philosophy majors or Fundamentals majors should seek instructor permission to enroll.  

2019-2020 Winter
Ancient Philosophy