Department of Greek & Latin


Elena Cagnoli Fiecconi

Lecturer in Ancient Philosophy

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Contact Elena Cagnoli Fiecconi

Office Hours: Mon 11-13, Gordon House G04

Research Interests: Ancient Philosophy, Virtue Ethics, Moral Psychology. I work especially on Aristotle's ethics and philosophy of mind, but I have broad interests in other ancient philosophical traditions. I also enjoy exploring the relevance of ancient views for contemporary philosophy of mind and ethics. I am interested in supervising students working in any of these areas.

Bio: I joined UCL in 2018 after completing my graduate studies at the University of Oxford and two postdocs at Thumos in Geneva and at the Polonsky Academy in Jerusalem. I am a member of  the London Centre for Ancient Philosophy (L-CAP) and of the Keeling Centre for Ancient Philosophy.



  • Ethics for Rational Animals. The Moral Psychology at the Basis of Aristotle’s Ethics. OUP 2024. Published version.

Papers and chapters

  • Harmonia, Melos and Rhythmos. Aristotle on musical education.’ Ancient Philosophy 36 (2):409-424, 2016. Published version 
  • ‘Aristotle on the structure of akratic action.’ Phronesis 63(3): 229-256, 2018. Published version 
  • ‘Enmattered virtues.’ Metaphysics 1 (1): 63-74, 2018. Published version (Open Access)
  • ‘Aristotle's peculiarly human psychology.’ In Aristotle's Anthropology, eds. N. Kreft and G. Keil, CUP 2019. Published version
  • ‘Elements of biology in Aristotle's political science.’ In Cambridge Companion to Aristotles Biology, ed. S. Connell, CUP 2021. Published version
  • ‘Aristotle on attention.’ Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 103 (4): 602-633, 2021.
  • ‘Aristotle on the affective powers of colour and pictures.’ In Entretiens sur l'Antiquité classique, 66 (Genève: Fondation Hardt), ed. K. Ierodiakonou, 2020. Published version.

Penultimate drafts available for download on Philpapers