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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. He joined King’s in 2011 and was a fellow of the Harvard Center of Hellenic Studies in 2016.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Pleasure and happiness; hedonism
  • Ancient Greek Ethics
  • Leisure
  • Buddhism (Yogācāra)


Dr Aufderheide regularly teaches courses on Plato and Aristotle for the second year BA and MA students. He teaches, moreover, a class on Environmental Ethics with Dr Eliot Michaelson. He also co-convenes the weekly Greek Texts Research Seminar for research students.

Expertise and public engagement

  • Blog post on the ethics of climate change: (interview), King’s energy.
  • Aristotle Now’, Discussion with Sophia Connell and Sophie-Grace Chappell at the Forum for Philosophy, LSE.
  • Lectures at schools

Selected publications 

  • Eudoxus’ Hedonism (2021) in Sattler, Barbara M. and Ursula Coope (eds.), Ancient Ethics and the Natural World, (Cambridge University Press).
  • Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics Book X.Cambridge University Press, 2019.
  • Aufderheide, Joachim. “Is Aristotle a Virtue Ethicist?”Rereading Ancient Philosophy: Old Chestnuts and Sacred Cows. Eds. Verity Harte, and Raphael Woolf. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 199-220.
  • Aufderheide, Joachim. “Aristotle Against Delos: Pleasure in Nicomachean Ethics X.”Phronesis3 (2016): 284-306.
  • The Highest Good in Aristotle and Kant. eds. Joachim Aufderheide, and Ralf M Bader, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.