Jacob Klein - Philosophy Faculty - Colgate University

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Jacob Klein

Jacob Klein

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Philosophy, 112 Hascall Hall
p 315-228-6031


PhD, Cornell University, 2010 (advised by Terence Irwin)


I am interested in ancient ethics and moral psychology generally, but especially as they relate to questions about the objectivity of norms and value. Though my research interests include more than ancient Stoicism, I have found the project of trying to reconstruct and understand Stoic ethical views worthwhile and complex enough to absorb much of my attention to date. I have published two longer papers on some of the central features of Stoic ethical theory. One of these argues for an epistemic account of the value and disvalue the Stoics assign to so-called indifferents; the other reconstructs the Stoic theory of oikeiôsis to show how it supports Stoic claims about the human good.

I am currently working on a book manuscript that connects the conclusions of these papers to the Stoic theory of motivation and the details of Stoic moral psychology. I am also revising three related papers, one that discusses Carneades’ criticisms of the Stoic telos and two that deal with the Stoic account of emotion (pathos) and impulse (hormê). I would be happy to share drafts of these on request.


  • "The Stoic Argument from oikeiôsis," Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, 50 (2016), 143-200. pdf
  • "Making Sense of Stoic Indifferents," Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, 49 (2015), 227-81. pdf
  • "Of Archery and Virtue: Ancient and Modern Conceptions of Value," Philosophers' Imprint Vol. 14, No. 19, June 2014 pdf
  • "Stoic Eudaimonism and the Natural Law Tradition," in Reason, Religion and Natural Law: Plato to Spinoza, ed. Jonathan Jacobs (Oxford University Press, 2012) pdf
  • "Stoic Thinkers," in Key Ethical Thinkers, ed. Tom Angier (Bloomsbury, 2012) pdf


  • Review of Brad Inwood, Ethics after Aristotle (Harvard, 2014), Phoenix Vol. 69, No. 3/4
  • Review of René Brouwer, The Stoic Sage: The Early Stoics on Wisdom, Sagehood and Socrates (Cambridge 2014), Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2015.04.13
  • Review of A. Long (ed.), Plato and the Stoics (Cambridge, 2013), Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2014.09.34
  • Review of Tony Burns, Aristotle and Natural Law (Continuum, 2011), Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2012.06.02
  • Review of Henry Dyson, Prolepsis and Ennoia in the Early Stoa (Walter de Gruyter, 2009), Journal of the History of Philosophy, January, 2011

Recent Courses

PHIL 417: Ancient Ethical Theory
PHIL 417: Ancient Stoicism
PHIL 343: Contemporary Metaethics
PHIL 335: Contemporary Epistemology
PHIL 301: Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophical Problems
CORE 151: Legacies of the Ancient World


  • Fulbright Award to Germany, 2012-13
  • Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship, 2008-09
  • Norman Malcolm Fellowship (Cornell, King's College London), 2006-07