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Timothy Roche

Professor Roche (PhD, University of California, Davis), joined the faculty at Memphis in 1985. His teaching and research interests include Greek and Roman Philosophy, History of Moral Philosophy, Ethics, and Social and Political Philosophy. His work has appeared in Phronesis, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Social Theory and Practice, The Philosophical Review, Mind, Ancient Philosophy, and the Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy. His recent undergraduate courses include "Aristotle’s Politics," "Plato and Aristotle on the Soul," "The Presocratics," and "Stoic Ethics." Recent PhD Seminars include "Ancient and Modern Conceptions of Well-Being," "Aristotle’s Metaphysics," and "Plato’s Later Metaphysics and Epistemology: Theatetus, Sophist, Statesman."

Professor Roche was awarded a Professional Development Assignment for the fall term of 2013 and is currently using his leave to complete a book entitled Aristotle’s Nicomachean Conception of Happiness. He is also completing two articles, one entitled "The Nicomachean Account of Happiness and the Goods of Fortune: Against the Distinction Between Makariotēs and Eudaimonia" and the other entitled "The Ugly, the Lonely, and the Lowly: Reply to Professor Cashen on Aristotle’s Discussions of Eudaimonia and Ta Ektos Agatha."

Selected Publications


Ancient Ethics and Political Philosophy (editor) The Southern Journal of Philosophy Spindel Supplement 43 (2005).

Articles and Chapters

"The Private Moral Life of Aristotle’s Philosopher: A Defense of a Non-Intellectualist Interpretation of Nicomachean Ethics 10.7-8." In Contemplation in Aristotle’s Ethics (a volume of the series Aristote. Traductions et Études), Pierre Destrée and M. Zingano, eds. Leuven: Peeters, 2013. In Press.

"Happiness and the External Goods." In The Cambridge Companion to Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, ed. Ronald Polansky. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. In Press.

"Happiness and Agency in the Stoics and Aristotle: Commentary on Russell." In Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, XXIV, John J. Cleary and Gary M. Gurtler, S.J., eds. Leiden/Boston: Brill (2009) 112-125.

"The Ultimate End of Action: A Critique of Richard Kraut's Aristotle on the Human Good," in M. Sim, ed., Crossroads of Norm and Nature: Essays on Aristotle's Ethics and Metaphysics, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. (1995) 115-138.

"In Defense of an Alternative View of the Foundation of Aristotle's Moral Theory," Phronesis 37 (1992) 46-84. pdf

"Ergon and Eudaimonia in Nicomachean Ethics I: Reconsidering the Intellectualist Interpretation," Journal of the History of Philosophy 26 (1988) 175-194. pdf

Book Reviews

Anthony Kenny, Aristotle on the Perfect Life, in Mind 103 (1994) 202-208.

Richard Kraut, Aristotle on the Human Good, in The Philosophical Review, 101 (1992) 629-633.

Invited Presentations

"Aristotle on Pleasure”, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, February 2013.

"Aristotle on Happiness and Ta Ektos Agatha”, for Classics Week, Mississippi State University, October, 12, 2012.

"The Private Moral Life of Aristotle’s Philosopher: A Defense of a Non-Intellectualist Interpretation of Nicomachean Ethics 10. 7-8”, for the Philosophy and Religion Forum, University of Mississippi, October 10, 2008.

"The Sufficiency Debate Between the Stoics and the Aristotelians: Comments on Russell,” for the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, College of the Holy Cross, November 2007.

"Politics and Philosophy in Aristotle’s Moral Philosophy and Politics: Towards a Solution to Two Puzzles in Aristotle’s Moral/Political Thought,” for the XI International Symposium of Philosophy (The Political Theories of Plato and Aristotle), Pyrgos, Greece, 2000.

Contact Details
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Office: 321 Clement Hall
Phone: 901-678-3355
Fax: 901-678-4365
Email: troche<at>memphis<dot>edu
Office Hours (Fall 2013): by appointment
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