I am a PhD Candidate in the Classics and Philosophy Program at Yale University. Before coming to Yale, I was an undergraduate student in the Philosophy department at The University of Western Ontario in my hometown of London, Ontario.
My research focusses on ancient philosophy and especially Aristotle’s metaphysics and natural science. My dissertation is an investigation into what it is, according to Aristotle, for a natural process to happen “for the sake of something”, that is, what it is for a natural process to be susceptible to “teleological” explanations. I argue that a full account of Aristotle’s natural teleology needs to take account of the various non-standard ways in which a process can happen for the sake of something. Outside of ancient philosophy, I am interested in early modern philosophy and the philosophy of action. You can learn more about my research here.
I take teaching and my students seriously. One of the goals of my teaching is to make high-level participation in philosophical conversation accessible for a variety of students who enter the classroom with different levels of preparation, differences in learning skills, and diverse life experiences. I do this by emphasizing the development of specific philosophical skills in a supportive environment and by helping students see how these skills benefit their own thinking, speaking, and writing. You can learn more about my teaching here.
When I’m not thinking about and teaching philosophy and classics, I can be found hiking, doing yoga, cooking, and reading great novels.
I can be contacted at emily [dot] kress [at] yale [dot] edu.