Matthew D Walker

Humanities (Philosophy)

Assistant Professor

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Dr Matthew D Walker received his BA in Philosophy from Amherst College and his PhD in Philosophy from Yale University. Prior to joining Yale-NUS, Dr Walker was an American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellow in Philosophy at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, a post-doctoral fellow in the Ethics of Virtue at the University of Miami, and a participant in ‘Traditions into Dialogue: Confucianism and Contemporary Virtue Ethics,’ a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar. He was also a Visiting Fellow at the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, Michaelmas term 2014.

As a graduate student at Yale, Dr Walker received Sterling P Lamprecht and Forris Jewett Moore Fellowships in Philosophy from Amherst College, and was a five-time recipient of Yale’s Jacob Cooper Prize in Greek philosophy.

Dr Walker specialises in ancient Greek philosophy and ethical theory, especially Aristotle and cross-cultural virtue ethics. His book, Aristotle on the Uses of Contemplation (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), examines Aristotle’s views on happiness against the background of Aristotle’s natural philosophy. He has also published papers concerning the nature and value of the philosophical life in Aristotle, Plato, the Stoics, and Hume; early Confucian accounts of human flourishing; and ancient Greek conceptions of love and friendship.

Aristotle on the Uses of Contemplation (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

“How Narrow is Aristotle’s Contemplative Ideal?” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 94 (2017): 558-583.

“The Functions of Apollodorus,” in Plato in Symposium: Selected Papers from the Tenth Symposium Platonicum, ed. Mauro Tulli and Michael Erler (Sankt Augustin: Academia Verlag, 2016), 110-116.

“Confucian Worries about the Aristotelian Sophos,” in Moral and Intellectual Virtues in Western and Chinese Philosophy: The Turn Toward Virtue, ed. Chienkuo Mi, Michael Slote, and Ernest Sosa (New York: Routledge, 2015), 196-213.

“Aristotle on the Utility and Choiceworthiness of Friends.” Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 96 (2014): 151-182.

“Reconciling the Stoic and the Sceptic: Hume on Philosophy as a Way of Life and the Plurality of Happy Lives.” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (2013): 879-901.

“Rehabilitating Theoretical Wisdom.” Journal of Moral Philosophy 10 (2013): 763-787.

“Structured Inclusivism about Human Flourishing: A Mengzian Formulation,” in Virtue Ethics and Confucianism, ed. Stephen Angle and Michael Slote (New York: Routledge, 2013), 94-102.

“Aristotle on Activity ‘According to the Best and Most Final’ Virtue.” Apeiron: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science 44 (2011): 91-110.

“Contemplation and Self-Awareness in the Nicomachean Ethics.” Rhizai: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science 7 (2010): 221-238.

“The Utility of Contemplation in Aristotle’s Protrepticus.” Ancient Philosophy 30 (2010): 135-153.

Review of Wm. Theodore de Bary, The Great Civilized Conversation: Education for a World Community. The Journal of Asian Studies 74 (2015): 455-456.

Review of Jon Miller (ed.), “Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics: A Critical Guide”. Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought 30 (2013): 176-180.

Review of Joel J. Kupperman, “Theories of Human Nature”. Dao: A Journal for Comparative Philosophy 11 (2012): 253-257.

Review of Paula Gottlieb, “The Virtue of Aristotle’s Ethics”. Journal of the History of Philosophy 48 (2010): 399-400.

Philosophy as a Way of Life
Ancient Greek Philosophy
Love and Friendship
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy and Political Thought I and II
Placemaking RC4 (Week 7 project, with Professor Jane M Jacobs)