Katharine O‘Reilly New Voices Research Profile

Katharine O’Reilly is Lecturer in Ancient Philosophy in the Departments of Philosophy and Classics at King’s College London. Katharine studied ancient philosophy at the University of Toronto, King’s College London, and the University of Oxford (DPhil, 2019), before joining King’s College London in 2019. She is a specialist in Ancient Greek & Roman Philosophy, particularly ancient moral psychology. Her work is focused on prudentialism, memory, anticipation, pain and pleasure. Her publications include ‘Cicero Reading the Cyrenaics on the Anticipation of Future Harms’ in Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 23:2 and ‘The Jellyfish’s Pleasures in Philebus 20b-21d’ in Phronesis 64.3. Katharine has a number of projects underway which engage with the philosophical thought of various ancient women, as well as metaphilosophical issues of how to integrate these important figures into the canon, methods of recovering their thought, and how to teach their thought. She is currently co-editing, with Caterina Pellò (St. Andrews) a volume on Ancient Women Philosophers: Recovered Ideas and New Perspectives for CUP, part of a project on Women Intellectuals in Antiquity which included a conference in Oxford in February 2020. This includes her own chapter on Arete the Cyrenaic. She has also written about the challenges and opportunities involved in teaching ancient women philosophers, and ‘Women Philosophers in Antiquity and the Reshaping of Philosophy’ for Women’s Perspectives on Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (Springer). She is also working on women and their pedagogic roles in the Cyrenaic and Epicurean traditions. In 2021/22 she will join the Philosophy Department at Ryerson University, Toronto as an Assistant Professor.

Personal Website: katharineoreilly.com

Contact: katharine.oreilly@kcl.ac.uk

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