Jason W. Carter

Teaching Fellow

  • Philosophy
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



4.02 Dugald Stewart Building

3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
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  • Office Hour: Fridays, 3:00-4:00pm, and by appointment.


I joined the department in January of 2019. I completed my DPhil in 2015 at Lincoln College, University of Oxford.

Prior to joining the department, I was the Michael Cohen Fellow and Lecturer in Ancient Philosophy at Exeter College, University of Oxford.

Undergraduate teaching


1. Aristotle (PHIL10130)

Postgraduate teaching


1. Aristotle MSc (PHIL11108)

2. Ancient Philosophy Seminar I: Aristotle's Psychology (PHIL11106)

MSc Supervision

I am happy to supervise MSc dissertations on Ancient Philosophy (any topic), Ethics (especially Kantian ethics and virtue ethics), and Philosophy of Religion (especially topics on religious belief).

Research summary

I am a specialist in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy and Ethics. My research to date has focused on Aristotle's psychology and his criticisms of earlier Greek theories of soul. However, I also have wider research interests in ancient views of scientific explanation, biology, and cognition, and ethics (and especially the ethics of belief).

Current research interests

I am currently interested in the way that Plato and Aristotle conceptualise the role of 'appearance' in the formation of doxastic attitudes, as well as whether such attitudes can be justified through non-evidential reasons (e.g. eudaimonistic reasons).

Past research interests

My past research interests include ancient and medieval theories of time (e.g. St. Augustine), as well as continental phenomenology (especially Heidegger and Husserl).


Aristotle on Earlier Greek Psychology: The Science of Soul (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2019).



1. ‘How Aristotle Changes Anaxagoras’s Mind’. Apeiron 52(1):1-28.

2. ‘Plutarch’s Epicurean Justification of Religious Belief’. Journal of the History of Philosophy 56(3) (2018):385-412.

3. ‘Aristotle and the Problem of Forgiveness’. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 92(1) (2018):49-71.

4. ‘Does the Soul Weave? Reconsidering De Anima I.4, 408A29-B18’. Phronesis 63(1) (2018):25-63.

5. ‘Aristotle’s Critique of Timaean Psychology’. Rhizomata 5 (2017): 51-78.

6. ‘St. Augustine on Time, Time-Numbers, and Enduring Objects’. Vivarium, 49 (2011): 301-23.



‘Aristotle on Earlier Definitions of Soul and their Explanatory Power: DA I 2-5’, in Aristotle's 'On the Soul': A Critical Guide (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).



1. Aristotle, On the Soul and Other Psychological Works, Fred D. Miller, Jr. (tr.), Oxford University Press, 2018, in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2018.10.13).

2. Quarantotto, Diana. Aristotle’s Physics Book I: A Systematic Exploration. Cambridge University Press, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (2018).

3. Drozdek, Adam. In the Beginning was the Apeiron: Infinity in Greek Philosophy. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2008, in Ancient Philosophy 32 (2012):167-71.

4. Sattler, Barbara, and Mohr, Richard (eds). One Book, The Whole Universe: Plato’s Timaeus Today, Las Vegas: Parmenides Publishing, 2010, in American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Winter (2011):170-73.