Ian McCready-Flora

Assistant Professor

Ancient Greek Philosophy, Aesthetics, Epistemology, Applied Ethics
  • Office Address: 203 Cocke Hall
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3:30-4:45; Fridays 12:30-2:00
  • Class Schedule:

    PHIL 3110 Plato - TR 2:00-3:15

    PHIL 7510 Aristotle R 3:30-6:00

Ian specializes in Ancient Greek Philosophy and has substantial side interests in contemporary Aesthetics, Epistemology and Applied Ethics.

His book-length project concerns Aristotle's conception of rationality. What is it about human thinking that distinguishes it from the sorts of thinking other animals are capable of? Of particular importance is our capacity to form beliefs. Unlike wisdom, understanding and expertise—all high-level perfections of reason—beliefs are piecemeal and fallible, yet still beyond the reach of any non-human mind. Aristotle's theory of belief, however, gets relatively little attention compared to his deductive model of science and knowledge. A serious effort at understanding it, then, can tell us what on his view distinguishes the rational from the non-rational.

Ian is also writing on ancient conceptions of knowledge and its relation to other mental states; Aristotle’s response to Protagoras, both the sophist himself and his Platonic shadow; and the history and prehistory of the emotions and their place in our mental lives.

 

Representative Publications

2015. "Protagoras and Plato in Aristotle: Rereading the Measure Doctrine." Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 49: 71-129.
2014. "Aristotle’s Cognitive Science: Belief, Affect and Rationality." Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 89: 394-435.
2013. “Aristotle and the Normativity of Belief.” Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 44:67-98.

Full-time Faculty

Sahar Akhtar

Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Barnes

Professor

Talbot Brewer

Professor

Ross P. Cameron

Professor & Director of Undergraduate Program

Brie Gertler

Interim Associate Dean for the Arts & Humanities, Commonwealth Professor

Paul Humphreys

Commonwealth Professor

Zachary Irving

Assistant Professor

Harold Langsam

Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

Antonia LoLordo

Professor & Department Chair

Loren Lomasky

Cory Professor of Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law

Ian McCready-Flora

Assistant Professor

Trenton Merricks

Commonwealth Professor & Director of Placement

Walter Ott

Professor & Director of Graduate Admissions

Jorge Secada

Professor

A. John Simmons

John Allen Hollingsworth Professor of Philosophy

Rebecca Stangl

Associate Professor

Visiting Faculty

Benjamin Bagley

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Joshua Schwartz

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Stacie Thyrion

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Affiliated Faculty

Colin Bird

Associate Professor (Politics) & Director of Political Philosophy, Policy and Law

Erin Eaker

A&S Assistant Dean & Assistant Professor

M. Jamie Ferreira

Professor Emerita (Religious Studies)

Kim Ferzan

Caddell & Chapman Professor of Law

George Klosko

Henry L. and Grace Doherty Professor (Politics)

Emeritus Faculty

James Cargile

Professor Emeritus

Daniel Devereux

Professor Emeritus

Cora Diamond

Kenan Professor of Philosophy Emerita

John Marshall

Professor Emeritus

George Thomas

Professor Emeritus