Ian McCready-Flora

Assistant Professor

Ancient Greek Philosophy, Aesthetics, Epistemology, Applied Ethics
  • Office Address: 203 Cocke Hall
  • Office Hours: Monday and Tuesday 4:00-5:00
  • Class Schedule:

    PHIL 2070 Knowledge and Reality

    MW 3-3:50

    PHIL 3110 Plato

    TR 2-3:15

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

James Cargile

Professor

Brie Gertler

Commonwealth Professor & Department Chair

Paul Humphreys

Commonwealth Professor

Harold Langsam

Professor

Antonia LoLordo

Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

Loren Lomasky

Cory Professor of Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law

Ian McCready-Flora

Assistant Professor

Trenton Merricks

Commonwealth Professor

Walter Ott

Professor & Director of Graduate Admissions

Jorge Secada

Professor

A. John Simmons

John Allen Hollingsworth Professor of Philosophy

Rebecca Stangl

Associate Professor

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)

Visiting Faculty

Kendall Cox

Lecturer

Andrew Morgan

Assistant Professor

Joshua Schwartz

Assistant Professor, General Faculty

Emeritus Faculty

Daniel Devereux

Professor Emeritus

Cora Diamond

Kenan Professor of Philosophy Emerita

John Marshall

Professor Emeritus

George Thomas

Professor Emeritus