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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
  • Plato’s and Aristotle’s Ethics
  • Dreaming and waking (literal and metaphorical)
  • Plato’s and Aristotle’s epistemology
  • Leisure

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. He is also interested in going beyond ancient philosophy, considering questions related to pleasure or leisure in their own right.


Dr Aufderheide regularly teaches courses on Plato and Aristotle for the second year BA students and the MA students. He also enjoyed teaching the Introduction to Greek Philosophy. He also co-convenes the weekly Greek reading group.

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.

Selected publications 

  • Aufderheide, Joachim. Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics Book X. Cambridge University Press, 2019.
  • Aufderheide, Joachim. “Republic 585b–D: Argument and Text.” The Classical Quarterly1 (2018): 53-68.
  • 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.