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Timothy Roche

Professor Tim Roche (PhD, University of California, Davis), joined the faculty at Memphis in 1986. His teaching and research interests include Greek and Roman Philosophy, History of Moral Philosophy, Ethical Theory, and Social and Political Philosophy. His work has appeared in such journals as Phronesis, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Mind, Social Theory and Practice, The Philosophical Review, Ancient Philosophy, and the Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy. His recent undergraduate courses include "Aristotle’s Politics," "Plato and Aristotle on the Soul," "The Presocratics," and "Stoic Ethics." Recent PhD Seminars include "Ancient and Modern Conceptions of Well-Being," "Aristotle’s Metaphysics," and "Plato’s Later Metaphysics and Epistemology: Theatetus, Sophist, Statesman." He is currently completing a book entitled Aristotle’s Nicomachean Conception of Happiness.

Selected Publications


“The Private Moral Life of Aristotle’s Philosopher: A Defense of a Non-Intellectualist Interpretation of Nicomachean Ethics 10.7-8.” In Theoria: Studies on the Status and Meaning of Contemplation in Aristotle’s Ethics (a volume of the series Aristote. Traductions et Études), ed. Pierre Destrée and M. Zingano. Leuven: Peeters. In Press.

“Happiness and the External Goods.” In The Cambridge Companion to Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, ed. Ronald Polansky. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2014) 34-63.  

“Happiness and Agency in the Stoics and Aristotle: Reply to Russell," ed. John J. Cleary and Gary M. Gurtler, S.J.., Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, Volume XXIV, Leiden/Boston: Brill (2009) 112-125.

Eudaimonia in Aristotle and the Stoics,” in J.G. Hernandez, ed., Themes in Ancient and Modern Philosophy, Kendall-Hunt Publishing (2009) Part 3, Essay 2.

Ancient Ethics and Political Philosophy (editor) The Southern Journal of Philosophy Spindel Conference Supplement v. 43 (2005).

“Politics and Philosophy in Aristotle’s Moral Philosophy and Politics:  Towards a Solution to Two Puzzles in Aristotle’s Moral/Political Thought,” Skepsis 12 (2001) 164-180.

"The Ultimate End of Action:  A Critique of Richard Kraut's Aristotle on the Human Good," in M. Sim, ed., Crossroads of Norm and Nature:  Essays on Aristotle's Ethics and Metaphysics, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. (1995) 115-138.

"In Defense of an Alternative View of the Foundation of Aristotle's Moral Theory," Phronesis 37 (1992) 46-84.

"On the Alleged Metaphysical Foundation of Aristotle's Ethics," Ancient Philosophy 8 (1988) 49-62.

"Ergon and Eudaimonia in Nicomachean Ethics I: Reconsidering the Intellectualist Interpretation," Journal of the History of Philosophy 26 (1988) 175-194.

Invited Presentations


“Embodied Virtue in the Phaedo: Reply to Professor Reed,” American Philosophical Association Meeting, Central Division, St. Louis, Missouri, Forthcoming, February 20, 2015.

“Audience Psychology and Censorship in Plato’s Republic: Reply to Professor Jansen,”  University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida: Fourteenth Annual Ancient Philosophy Society Meeting, April 25, 2014.

“Aristotle’s ‘Good’ Spartans” (with Daniel Larkin), Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois: Twenty-second Annual Philosophical Collaborations Conference Thursday, March 20, 2014.

“Remarks on Aristotle on Courage,” Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, Florida:  Workshop on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics iii 6-12, Thursday, February 27 – Sunday, March 2, 2014.

“Aristotle on Pleasure,” Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, February 2013.

"Aristotle on Happiness and Ta Ektos Agatha,” for Classics Week, Mississippi State University, October, 12, 2012.
Contact Details
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Office: 321 Clement Hall
Phone: 901-678-3355
Fax: 901-678-4365
Email: troche<at>memphis<dot>edu

Office Hours (Fall 2014): M 10.35am-12.35pm and F 11.35am-12.35pm

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