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Lawrence J Jost

Title: Ethics, Ancient Philosophy, Marx
Office: 259A McMicken Hall
Tel: 513-556-6324
Email: lawrence.jost@uc.edu


  • B.A., St. Joan Fisher College, Rochester, N.Y., 1966 (Philosophy (with high honors)).
  • M.A., University of Chicago, 1967 (Philosophy).
  • Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1973.

Research Information

Research Interests

Larry Jost's primary research interests are in the writings of Aristotle, Plato and other Greek philosophers from the Pre-Socratics through the various Hellenistic schools. He has also worked in ethics and social and political philsophy, especially the thought of Karl Marx. His main focus in recent years has been in the study of Aristotle's Eudemian Ethics, a work long eclipsed by the more familiar Nicomachean Ethics; the relationship between the two presents interesting problems for our understanding of Aristotle's philosophical development. But, he continues to do graduate courses and seminars on a variety of subjects, including the metaphysical and epistemological works of Plato, Aristotle, Skeptics and Stoics, their views on art and literature, the philosophy of mind, ethics, etc.. An avid student of Greek literature generally, with special appreciation of Homer, the tragedians and lyric poets, he has good ties with the quite strong Classics Department at the University of Cincinnati, and team-teaches with members of their department from time to time. In ethics he has worked on metaethical topics primarily (e.g. moral realism, naturalism, prescriptivism) as well as normative issues raised by utilitarianism and contemporary virtue theory.

Research Support

  • Subvention Grant to help defray publication costs of Eudaimonia & Well-Being: Ancient and Modern Conceptions, Taft Publications Committee. $1000. 2003.
  • Grant for the "Wealth and Values" Summer Seminar at UC, NEH. 1993.
  • Grant-in-Aid for research expenses while at Oxford University, Taft. 1990 to 1991.
  • Travel to Collection Grant for research on manuscripts of The Eudemian Ethics of Aristotle at the Archiv Aristoteles, Die Freie Universität, Berlin; supplemented by a Taft grant for research. , NEH and Taft. 1989.
  • NEH Participant in Six-week Summer Seminar on Aristotle’s Biology, Metaphysics and Ethics, University of New Hampshire . 1988.
  • Grant to present paper, Owen's Objection to Logic & Metaphysics in The Eudemian Ethics of Aristotle, and participate in Aristotle Conference at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida , NEH per diem Grant . 1983.
  • Junior Fellow, Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington. 1982 to 1983.
  • Aristotle's Theory of Practical Reasoning, study in Oxford, England, University of Cincinnati Reearch Council and Taft Committee. 1973.
  • Doctoral Fellow, Canada Council. 1969 to 1970.
  • Graduate Fellow, Province of Ontario. 1968 to 1970.
  • Teaching Fellow, Woodrow Wilson College. 1966 to 1967.


Peer Reviewed Publications

  • (2007). Why Marx Left Philosophy for Social Science. Theory and Psychology, 17(2), 297, 322.
  • Jost, Lawrence J. (2002). Was Polybius a Meta-Ethical Theorist of a Skeptical or Subjectivist Stripe?. Apeiron, XXXV(4), 125-136.
  • Jost, Lawrence J. (2001). Owen and the 'Single -Science' Argument in the Eudemian Ethics. Southern Journal of Philosophy, 39(2), 207, 218.
  • (1990). Critical Analysis of The Arguments 'from the Sciences' in Aristotle's Peri Ideon. Ancient Philosophy, 10(2), 312.
  • (1983). Antigone's Engagement: A Theme Delayed. Liverpool Classical Monthly, 8(9), 134, 136.
  • Jost, Lawrence J. (1983). Aristotle's Ethics: Have We Been Teaching the Wrong One?. Teaching Philosophy, 6(4), 331, 340.
  • Jost, Lawrence J. (1979). A "Descriptivist" Reading of Aristotle's Treatment of Virtue--Terms. Apeiron: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science, 13, 41, 48.
  • (1977). EN 6.1141 b20. Classical Philology, 72, 138, 144.
  • Jost, Lawrence J. (1976). "Is Aristotle an Ethical Intuitionist?." Apeiron: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science, 10(1), 15, 19.
  • Jost, L (1976). On a Prescriptivist Dichotomy. Mind: A Quarterly Review of Philosophy, 85(338), 258, 261.


  • Jost, Lawrence J. & Shiner, Roger A. (edd.) (2003). Eudaimonia and Well-Being: Ancient and Modern Conceptions. Kenowa, B.C., Canada: Academic Printing and Publishing.

Book Chapter

  • (1991). Aristotle's Ethics: Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy IV. In J.P. Anton, T. Preus (Eds.), Eudemian Ethical Method (pp. 29). New York: State University of New York Press.

Encyclopedia Article

  • (2006). Virtue and Vice. In The Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2nd ed, (Vol. 9, pp. 678, 682).


  • (2004). Critical Review of For the Sake of Argument; Practical Reasoning, Character and the Ethics of Belief.Bryn Mawr Classical Review,
  • (2004). Notre Dame Philosophical Review, [Review of Critical Review of Facing Death: Epicurus and his Critics ].
  • (1995). Teaching Philosophy, [Review of Review of A Companion to Aristotle's Politics ] 96, 98.
  • (1991). Ethics, [Review of Book Note Review of Human Nature and Eudaimonia in Aristotle ] 891.
  • (1987). Environmental Ethics, [Review of Review of The Philosophy of Vegetarianism ] 273, 276.
  • (1982). Review of Metaphysics, [Review of Review of Ethics, Free Enterprise and Public Policy: Original Essays on Moral Issues in Business ] 445, 446.
  • (1981). Environmental Ethics, [Review of Review of Matters of Life and Death: New Introductory Essays in Moral Philosophy ] 181, 185.
  • (1978). Critical Analysis of The Evaluation of Ethical Theories by C.B. Daniels. [Review of Nous ] 73.
  • (1976). Teaching Philosophy, [Review of Review of Reason and Human Good and The Nicomachean Ethics ] 73, 77.
  • (1975). Teaching Philosophy, [Review of Review of What Use is Moral Philosophy? ] 178, 179.
  • (1973). Teaching Philosophy, [Review of Review of Moral Philosophy and Moral Education ] 192, 194.

Presentations & Lectures

Paper Presentations

  • (2008). Aristotle on the Voluntary and the Sculpting of Character in His Ethical Works. Central Division, American Philosophical Association, Chicago.
  • (11-2006). What Does God have to do with Eudemian Eudaimonia?. The American Catholic Philosphical Association, Denison University in Granville, OH.
  • (03/03/2006). Aristotle’s Mistaken Take on The Philosophical Potential of History. Bowling Green State University Departments of Classics , Bowling Green, OH.
  • (2006). The Metaphysics of Ruthless Reductionism. Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Charleston, S.C.
  • (09/28/2005). One Easy Way to Miss the Mark: Endoxic Method and Akrasia in Aristotle. University of Toledo Department of Philosophy , Toledo, OH.
  • (03-2005). Aristotelian Eudaimonia: What’s God got to do with it, do with it….?. Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association.
  • (04/08/2004). Beyond Eliminative Situationalism in the Study of Moral Character: The Case for Evaluative Integration in Personality. Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, New Orleans, LA.
  • (11/01/2003). Kenny on the Eudemian Ethics, 25 Years Later. Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Fordham University, New York City.
  • (04/05/2003). Aristotle, Sumner and Objective Theories of Well-Being. Invited Keynote Address to the Ohio Philosophical Association.
  • (03-2003). Another Look at Plato on False Pleasures: Reply to Matt Evans. 26th Annual Ancient Philosophy Workshop, Texas A&M University.
  • (03/31/2001). Irwin, Aristotle and Moral Particularism: A Reply to Prof. Gilliland. Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association, San Francisco.
  • (04-2000). Virtue Ethics and the Social Psychology of Character: A Critique of Harman's 'Eliminative Situationalism. Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology , Atlanta, GA.
  • (08-1998). How Shall We Translate eudaimonia [happiness'? well-being?] in Aristotle's Ethics?. XXth World Congress of Philosophy session sponsored by The Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Boston.
  • (03/26/1998). Why does the Poetics lack an historical introduction? A reply to Edward Halper's 'Poetry, History and Dialectic. American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division.
  • (05/18/1996). Polybius as Moral Theorist - A Reply to David Hahm's "From Platonism to Pragmatism" . 32nd annual colloquium of the University of Cincinnati Philosophy Department, "Eudaimonia & Well-Being", Cincinnati, OH.
  • (04/09/1994). Theaetetus 147c7-148d7: Reply to Prof. Schuller. Ohio Philosophical Association.
  • (05-1993). Socrates in the Apology. University of Dayton Faculty Humanities-Based Curriculum Program , Dayton, OH.
  • (10/26/1991). Isocratean Influences on Aristotle's Ethico-Political Development. 10th Annual SSIPS/SAGP Conference, Baruch College, CUNY, New York City, NY.
  • (10/29/1988). Aristotle and the Concept of Personhood: Reply to Prof. Back. 7th Annual SSIPS/SAGP Conference, Baruch College, CUNY, New York City, NY.
  • (11/07/1987). Aristotelian Agency and Moral Luck: Comments on Walter Glannon's "Agency & Luck in Aristotle's Ethics". 16th annual Philosophy Colloquium, University of Dayton.
  • (10/24/1987). Moral Luck in The Eudemian Ethics. 6th annual SSIPS/SAGP Conference, Baruch College, CUNY, New York, NY.
  • (04/30/1987). Arete and Archery: Comments on Peter Losin's 'Aristotle's Doctrine of the Mean'. Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Chicago, IL.
  • (10-1986). The Eudemian Conception of the Relation Between Ethics and Politics . 5th Annual SSIPS/SAGP Conference, Baruch College-CUNY.
  • (04/05/1986). Professor Hampton on Plato and False Pleasures. The Ohio Philosophical Association, Cleveland, OH.
  • (12/29/1985). Eudemian Ethical Method. The Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Eastern Division, American Philosophical Assocation, Washington D.C..
  • (10-1984). Is agathon a pros hen equivocal in Aristotle's Ethics?. 3rd Annual Conference of the Society for The Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science The Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Baruch College of The City University of New York.
  • (03/23/1984). Testing Kenny's Hypothesis About the Eudemian Ethics: The Case of Philia. Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Long Beach.
  • (12/28/1983). Teleology and The Art/Nature Analogy in Aristotle. Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Boston .
  • (06-1983). Kernberg, Kohut and The Interpretation of Character in Greek Literature. Miami University Conference on "World as Mirror: Narcissism in Art & Literature, Oxford, OH.
  • (04/16/1983). Aristotle's Critique of Plato's Politics. 3rd Annual Symposium on Greece sponsored by the Athenaeum University Club, American University, Washington, D.C..
  • (04-1983). A Platonic Digression? Theatetus 172c-177c. Western Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Chicago.
  • (01/04/1983). Owen's Objection to Logic & Metaphysics in the Eudemian Ethics of Aristotle. Aristotle Conference, Tallahassee, Florida.
  • (11/17/1979). Why Marx Left Philosophy. Fourth Annual Conference on The Current State of Marxist Theory, Lousiville, Kentucky.
  • (04/05/1976). Hare, Saydah and the Fanatic. Meeting of the Ohio Philosophical Association, Bowling Green University, Bowling Green, OH.
  • (05-1975). The Concept of Agathon in Aristotle's Ethics. Philosophy Department Colloquium, Ohio State University.
  • (04/05/1975). Playing Old Harry with the Harean Primary/Secondary Meaning Dichotomy. Meeting of the Ohio Philosophical Association.
  • (03/29/1975). The Appearance of Intuitionism in Aristotle's Ethics. Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, San Diego, CA.
  • (04-1974). Ontological Approaches to Action-Individuation. Meeting of the Ohio Philosophical Association, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH.
  • (04/08/1972). Comments on Bernard Murchland's 'The Mythic Structure of Plato's Republic'. Ohio Philosophical Association, Columbus, OH.
  • (02-1971). Recent Naturalistic Analyses of 'Good'. Department of Philosophy, University of Rochester; Rochester, New York.