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Jennifer A. Frey

Title: Assistant Professor
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Department: Philosophy
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: Close-Hipp 520
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Department of Philosophy
Professor Jennifer Frey


PhD, University of Pittsburgh 

Research Interests 

Virtue Ethics, Philosophy of Action, Meta-ethics, and History of Philosophy.

My research lies at the intersection of virtue ethics, philosophy of action, and theories of rationality.  I am the co-PI on a major research grant, "Virtue, Happiness, and Meaning of Life."

Recent Publications

  1. Happiness as the Constitutive Principle of Action in Thomas Aquinas” Philosophical Explorations, Volume 22 (2), forthcoming, 2019.
  2. “Neo-Aristotelian Ethical Naturalism,” in The Cambridge Companion to Natural Law Ethics, edited by Tom Angier, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, 2019.
  3. “Against Autonomy: Why Practical Reason Cannot be Pure,” special edition of Manuscrito, edited by David Horst and Sergio Tenenbaum, 41 (4), 2018: 159-193.
  4. “Aquinas on Sin, Self-Love, and Self-Transcendence,” in Self-Transcendence and Virtue: Perspectives from Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology, edited by Jennifer A. Frey and Candace Vogler, Routledge, 2018.
  5. “How to be an Ethical Naturalist” in Philippa Foot on Goodness and Virtue, edited by John Hacker-Wright, Palgrave MacMillan, 2018, 47-84.
  6. “G.E.M. Anscombe on the Analogical Unity of Intention in Perception and Action” (with Christopher Frey), Analytic Philosophy, 58:3, September 2017, 202-247.


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