Assistant Teaching Professor of Philosophy
Jacob Stump received his PhD in 2017 from the University of Toronto. He writes on issues of moral psychology in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy. His main research is on Socrates’ project, as depicted in Plato’s dialogues, of using argument to change what people value the most. More generally, he is interested in the phenomenon of becoming a new person: how best to conceptualize it, what obstacles interfere with it, and whether reasoning and argument can be effective at bringing it about. He is a member of the Mellon Philosophy as a Way of Life Project and leads the Philosophy as a Way of Life Working Group at Northeastern. He is Faculty-in-Residence for the Honors Program, and he is the Faculty Coordinator of the Honors Living Learning Community (LLC) Music Lovers.
PhD, University of Toronto
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Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
Examines the philosophers of classical Greece, primarily Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. These philosophers examined the nature of the material world, of the city, and of the person. The course takes up both the moral and political writings as well as the metaphysical writings. Devotes considerable attention to major works such as Plato’s Republic. Some time is given to early Greek philosophers, to the Sophists, and to later developments.