Department of PhilosophyWestern Arts and Humanities

John Thorp


Associate Professor

Ancient Philosophy, Free Will, Philosophy of Religion

BA Trent; B.Phil, D.Phil Oxford

Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85767
Office: Stevenson Hall, Room 4141
Website: Personal

In recent years my research has focused mainly on Aristotle’s thought and influence; I have written and spoken on his psychology, his biology, his astronomy, his epistemology, his logic & rhetoric, his moral theory, and his metaphysics. A softer research focus has been on the philosophy of religion, with a particular interest in questions about pluralism and secularism. An interest of mine from long ago that is now being rekindled is in the freewill problem.

I have supervised, or am supervising, doctoral theses in ancient philosophy on Epicurus, on Plato’s political theory, and on various facets of Aristotle: moral psychology, modal logic, theory of nature, philosophy of science, psycho-physiology, and theory of time. Among my MA supervisions have been papers on free will, on time, on Plato’s psychology, on Aristotle’s logic, and (in the Faculty of Theology) on various aspects of religious pluralism.

Some recent publications

‘Aristotle on the Unity of Consciousness.’ in The Achilles of Rationalist Psychology, ed. Tom Lennon & Rob Stainton, Springer Verlag, 2008, 43-58

‘Splitting the Semantic Atom: Aristotle on compound nouns.’ Apeiron Vol. XLII, No. 2, June 2009, 153-166

‘Intelligible Matter in Aristotle’, SAGP Newsletter 2009/10.4, 15-20

‘L'amour chez les Stoïciens.’ in Mélanges Senay, ed. André Daviault, Presses de l'UQTR, 2011, 163-176