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Sophia Connell

sophiaconnell2 thumbSophia Connell (BA McGill, MPhil and PhD Cambridge) has held Research Fellowships at Churchill and St. John’s College Cambridge and teaching positions at the University of East Anglia and the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge, where she is currently Affiliated Lecturer.  She is Bye-Fellow, Special Supervisor and Director of Studies in Philosophy at Newnham College and Director of Studies in Philosophy at Selwyn and Emmanuel Colleges. 

Her main area of research interest is Aristotle’s biological works. These present us with special access to his philosophical thought.  "A book entitled 'Aristotle on Female Animals: A Study of The Generation of Animals', forthcoming 2015 CUP, includes chapters on gender difference, feminist histories of philosophy, Aristotle’s philosophy of mind and his philosophy of science.  She also has many interests in meta and normative ethics and is presently working on papers on Platonic political philosophy, the ethics of abortion and Aristotle on human nature from a biological perspective.


Selected Publications


  • ‘An Integrated Approach to Aristotle as a Biological Philosopher’  Review of Metaphysics, vol. 55, December 2001.
  • ‘Aristotle and Galen on Sex Difference and Reproduction:  A New Approach to an Ancient Rivalry’ Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, vol. 31, No. 3, pp.405–427, 2000..
  • ‘Feminism and Evolutionary Psychology’, electronic publication, 4th European Feminist Research Conference, Bologna, 2000.


  • C. Freeland (ed.), Feminist Interpretations of Aristotle in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2/08 (1999).
  • J. Lennox, Aristotle's Philosophy of Biology: Studies in the Origins of Life Sciences in the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 54 (3):509-513 (2003).
  • A. Kenny, Philosophy in the Modern World. A New History of Western Philosophy Volume 4 in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 16/8 (2008).
  • J. Mouracade (ed.), Aristotle on Life in Philosophy in Review 29/6 (2009) 432-34.
  • R. Weiss, Philosophers in the Republic: Plato’s Two Paradigms in Philosophical Quarterly (forthcoming)
  • A.M. Leroi (2014) The Lagoon: How Aristotle Invented Science for Journal of Hellenic Studies (forthcoming)


Lectures in 2014-15

Plato’s Aesthetics (Michaelmas weeks 1-4)
Virtues, Vices and Moral Learning (Lent weeks 1-6)


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