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Katharine O'Reilly

Dr. Katharine O’Reilly

Assistant Professor

Dr. O’Reilly studied ancient philosophy at the University of Toronto, King’s College London, and the University of Oxford (DPhil, 2019), before joining King’s College London with a cross-appointment between Philosophy and Classics in 2019. She joins Ryerson’s Philosophy Department in July 2021. She is a specialist in Ancient Greek & Roman Philosophy, particularly ancient moral psychology. Her work is focused on prudentialism, memory, anticipation, pain and pleasure.

Dr. O’Reilly teaches topics in Ancient Philosophy (including Pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, Hellenistic Philosophy, Late Ancient Philosophy, and specialist modules on particular texts and schools), Moral Philosophy, Ethics (Historical and Contemporary), Gender & Philosophy, and Women in Ancient Thought. She holds a PGDip (Postgraduate Diploma) in Higher Education, and a PGCAP (Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice) in Higher Education from King’s Learning Institute and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Association (HEA). From 2020-24 she sits on the Management Committee of the British Society for the History of Philosophy.

In 2021-22 she is a co-organiser of the Fifth Canadian Colloquium for Ancient Philosophy which will be hosted at Ryerson.

"I’m very excited to join Ryerson, which involves a return to my hometown of Toronto after many years in the UK. The Department of Philosophy strikes me as a friendly and dynamic place, and I look forward to contributing to that community."