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Joachim Aufderheide

Dr Joachim Aufderheide

Photograph of Joachim AufderheideLecturer in Philosophy

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Dr Aufderheide studied Greek, Latin, and Philosophy at the Universities of Göttingen, Yale, and St Andrews (where he obtained his PhD for a thesis on pleasure in Plato and Aristotle). Dr Aufderheide joined King’s in 2011.

Research interests and PhD supervision

Dr Aufderheide’s research interests are

  • Pleasure in ancient philosophy (from Plato to the Neoplatonists)
  • Aristotle’s moral philosophy
  • Ancient value theory (from Plato to the Hellenistic Schools)
  • The role of dreaming in Plato’s epistemology

Dr Aufderheide’s research focuses on value and pleasure in ancient philosophy, especially Plato and Aristotle. He is working on a book and some articles on pleasure, as well as on articles concerning the connection between Aristotle’s ethics and contemporary virtue ethics.

He is co-editor of a book on the highest good in Aristotle and Kant (Oxford UP, 2015) to which he contributed a piece on Aristotle. This paper is the starting point of a large-scale project aimed at understanding the connection between the highest good, the good person, the good life, and other goods in Plato, Aristotle, and the Hellenistic Schools.

Dr Aufderheide is currently writing a book on Nicomachean Ethics X which combines his interest in the highest good and pleasure (for Cambridge UP).

For more details, please see Joachim's full research profile and academia page.

Selected publications

Aufderheide, Joachim. "Processes As Pleasures in EN Vii 11-14 - a New Approach." Ancient Philosophy 33, no. 1 (2013): doi:DOI: 10.5840/ancientphil20133318

Aufderheide, Joachim. "An Inconsistency in the Philebus?" British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21, no. 5 (2013): doi:10.1080/09608788.2013.825230

Aufderheide, Joachim. "The Content of Happiness: A New Case for Theôria." In The Highest Good in Aristotle and Kant. Edited by Joachim Aufderheide and Ralf M Bader. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Aufderheide, Joachim. “Dreaming and Scepticism in Plato’s Republic.” In Method in Ancient Philosophy. Edited by Jenny Bryan. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming

For a complete list of publications, please see Joachim's full research profile.
Teaching PhD Supervision

Dr Aufderheide is happy to supervise or co-supervise a wide range of topics in ancient philosophy. He is, however, most enthusiastic about topics that relate in some way to his own research interests (i.e. moral psychology, value theory, epistemology).

Expertise and public engagement

Dr Aufderheide was co-president of the British Postgraduate Philosophy Association and, in this role, member of the advisory board for Philosophical and Theological Studies (part of the Higher Education Academy). The attempt to improve conditions for teachers and students at British higher education institutions was not wholly successful, as the centre closed 2011.

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