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.

I can be contacted at emily [dot] kress [at] yale [dot] edu.