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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

  • 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 has previously taught on the following modules:

Undergraduate modules

Postgraduate modules

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.