UCL Philosophy




Keeling academic staff

The UCL philosophy department have a number of academics working on a range of areas within ancient philosophy, and has long worked together with the Department of Greek and Latin at UCL on Keeling activities, notably the Keeling Lecture and Keeling Colloquia. These are our Keeling Academic Staff.

Fiona Leigh

Selected Publications

Dr. Fiona Leigh

Associate Professor, Philosophy
Director, Keeling Centre for Ancient Philosophy

Fiona's main area of research concerns Plato's metaphysics and in particular his later period dialogue, the Sophist. She is currently working on a monograph that offers a novel reading of Plato's Sophist. This reading argues that the dialogue's central question is what it is to give an account (logos) of something in the world, and contains an account of being according to which there are two modes of being, constituting the nature of some property and conforming to such a nature. It is also claimed that cases of the first mode (Forms) are causes of cases of the second mode, and it is suggested that Forms are not universals. More>


Selected publications 

Prof. Mark Kalderon

Professor, Philosophy
Mark Eli Kalderon is professor of philosophy at UCL and former editor of the Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society. His most recent research has been focused on the metaphysics of sense and sensibilia. His books include Form without Matter: Empedocles and Aristotle on Color Perception and Moral Fictionalism. Professor Kalderon has an interest in ancient and scholastic theories of perception. More>



Dr. Simona Aimar


Dr. Simona Aimar

Lecturer, Philosophy

Dr. Simona Aimar completed her DPhil at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Prof. Ursula Coope and Prof. Timothy Williamson. She is working on a monograph on Aristotle’s metaphysics of modality. She also works on contemporary metaphysics and semantics, among other things. More>


Amanda Greene



Dr. Amanda Greene

Lecturer, Philosophy

Dr Greene joined the philosophy department in 2015. Her research focuses on legal and political philosophy. In addition to work on political legitimacy and global civil society, Dr Greene is engaged in research on classical political thought, namely the account of law and freedom in Plato's later writings.  More>


Dr Elena Cagnoli Fiecconi

Dr. Elena Cagnoli Fiecconi

Lecturer in Ancient Philosophy, Department of Greek and Latin

Dr Elena Cagnoli Fiecconi's primary research is on Aristotle's ethics and moral psychology, though she also has a broad interest in other ancient traditions. She also enjoys exploring the relevance of ancient views for contemporary philosophy of mind and ethics.. More>

Dr.  Merrick Anderson

Dr. Merrick Anderson

Keeling Research Fellow 

Dr. Merrick Anderson's primary area of research is Platonic ethics, although he is also very interested in the sophists and has done a range of work on the moral landscape of the 5th century.  He did his PhD under the supervision of Hendrik Lorenz, Alexander Nehamas and Melissa Lane at Princeton University.  His thesis was on an ancient debate about justice and the role it plays in the happy human life. As the Keeling Research Fellow, Dr. Merrick Anderson is working on the metaphysical nature and structures of the virtues in the Republic.  Read more

Dr. Saloni de Souza

Dr. Saloni de Souza

Research Associate, Keeling Centre for Ancient Philosophy

Dr. Saloni de Souza studied for her D.Phil at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Prof. Lindsay Judson, Prof. Ursula Coope and Mrs. Lesley Brown. She works primarily on the pre-Socratics, Plato and Aristotle, especially their metaphysics.  She is currently working on Plato's and Aristotle's ideas about numerical identity, Zeno's paradox of place and the ethics around death in Plato. Read more


Prof. Sarah Broadie

Keeling Scholar in Residence 2018 - 2020

Prof Broadie is Professor of Moral Philosophy and Wardlaw Professor at the University of St Andrews. She has published extensively on a wide range of topics within Ancient Philosophy. She is the author of Nature, Change, and Agency in Aristotle's Physics, Passage and Possibility: a study of Aristotle's modal concepts, Ethics with Aristotle, and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics: Philosophical Introduction and Commentary (with Christopher Rowe). Read more

Prof. Rachel Barney


Prof. Rachel Barney

Honorary Professor, Department of Philosophy
Visitor, Keeling Centre for Ancient Philosophy 

Rachel Barney is Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier-1) in Classical Philosophy, affiliated with both the Classics Department and the Philosophy Department, at the University of Toronto. She was an undergraduate at University of Toronto, and returned in 2003 after earning a PhD at Princeton and teaching at the University of Ottawa and the University of Chicago. Her research has ranged from the early sophists to the late Neoplatonic commentator Simplicius, but focuses on Plato. Her particular interest is in areas where questions of ethics, psychology, epistemology, and philosophical method meet, as in Plato’s theory of the good.


Dr. Timothy Clarke


Dr. Timothy Clarke

Honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy
Visitor, Keeling Centre for Ancient Philosophy 

Dr. Timothy Clarke did his PhD at Yale University and is Associate Professor of Philosophy at UC Berkeley.  His research interests are in ancient Greek philosophy, particularly metaphysics, epistemology, and natural philosophy.  HIs articles include 'The Argument from Relatives (Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, 2012) and 'Aristotle and the Ancient Puzzle about Coming to Be' (Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, 2015).  His book, Aristotle and the Eleatic One, was recently published by Oxford University Press.