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Kelly Arenson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

College Hall 322, Office Hours: T 12:15–2:15
Phone: 412.396.1288


Ph.D., Philosophy, Emory University, 2009
M.A., Philosophy, Emory University, 2007
B.A., Philosophy, Boston College, 2002

Kelly Arenson works on the history of ancient ethics and philosophy, particularly the development of the notion of pleasure in the Platonic Academy and in Epicureanism. Her other interests include philosophy of the body (in ancient, modern, and contemporary contexts, including twentieth-century continental thought), moral psychology, and philosophy of science. She is currently working on a book on the relation between pleasure and health in Plato's Philebus and Epicurus' ethics.


Teaching Interests: Ethics; Philosophy of Science; Epistemology; Basic Philosophical Questions; The Body and the Non-Rational in Platonic Philosophy; Ancient Hedonism and Anti-Hedonism; Ancient Ethics; Ancient Moral Psychology; Virtue Ethics.


"Augustine's Defense and Redemption of the Body." Forthcoming in Studia Patristica.

"Natural and Neutral States in Plato's Philebus," Apeiron Vol. 44 No. 2 (2011): 191-209.

Review of A Life Worthy of the Gods: The Materialist Psychology of Epicurus, by David Konstan. Journal of the History of Philosophy, no. 48 (2010): 95-6.

"Pleasure," in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, ed. M. Gagarin et al. (Oxford University Press, 2009).

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