Samuel Baker

Samuel Baker

Associate Professor
Philosophy Department


Samuel Baker (Ph.D., Princeton) specializes in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, especially the ethics and epistemology of Aristotle. 

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Research Interests

  • Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy

Selected Publications

  • "Nicomachean Revision in the Common Books: The Case of NE VI (≈EE V) 2," Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, forthcoming
  • "'In a Complete Life' (NE I 7, 1198a18): Aristotle on the Human Good, Time and Immortality," Ancient Philosophy, forthcoming
  • "A Monistic Conclusion to Aristotle's Ergon Argument: The Human Good as the Best Achievement of a Human," Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 103.3 (2021): 373-403
  • "Aristotle on the Nature and Politics of Medicine," Apeiron, 54.4 (2021): 411-449
  • "What is the 'best and most perfect virtue'?" Analysis 79 (2019): 387-393
  • “The Metaphysics of Goodness in the Ethics of Aristotle,” Philosophical Studies 174 (2017), 1839-1856
  • “The Concept of Ergon: Towards an Achievement Interpretation of Aristotle’s ‘Function Argument’,” Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 48 (2015), 227-266


  • PHL 131 Introduction to Ethics
  • PHL 240 Western Philosophy: Classical
  • PHL 351 Philosophy of Religion
  • PHL 433 Advanced Ethical Theory
  • LG 101 and 102 Introductory Latin
  • LG 201 and 202 Intermediate Latin
  • LG 141 and 142 Introductory Classical Greek