Philosophy at St Andrews

Sarah Broadie

Professor of Moral Philosophy, Wardlaw Professor and Academic Misconduct Officer

Sarah Broadie

Phone: +44 (0) 1334 462494 or +44 (0) 1334 462486

Office: Edgecliffe 105


Classical Philosophy


Sarah Broadie (B Phil, Ph D) is a Professor of Moral Philosophy and Wardlaw Professor at the University of St Andrews. She taught at the Universities of Edinburgh, Texas at Austin, Yale, Rutgers, and Princeton, before coming to St Andrews in 2001.

A specialist in Classical Philosophy, she is interested in many areas of metaphysics and ethics, modern as well as ancient.

Sarah Broadie is a fellow of the British Academy, of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2003 she gave the Nellie Wallace lectures in the University of Oxford, entitled Nature and Divinity in the philosophies of Plato and Aristotle.

See also the PURE research profile.

Selected publications


As Sarah Waterlow:

Nature, Change, and Agency in Aristotle's Physics: a philosophical study (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1984)

Passage and Possibility: a study of Aristotle's modal concepts (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1984)

As Sarah Broadie:

Ethics with Aristotle (Oxford University Press, New York, 1991)

Aristotle'sNicomachean Ethics: Philosophical Introduction and Commentary, with a new translation by Christopher Rowe (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2002)

Articles include:

'Backwards Causation and Continuing', Mind 1974

The Third Man's Contribution to Plato's Paradigmatism', Mind 1982

'Aristotle's Now', Philosophical Quarterly 1984

'Nature, Craft and Phronesis in Aristotle', Philosophical Topics1987

'Aristotle's Perceptual Realism', Southern Journal of Philosophy 1993

'Que fait le premier moteur d'Aristote?', Revue Philosophique 1993

'Nous and Nature in De Anima III', Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, 1997

'Following Aristotle's Directions', Method in Ancient Philosophy, ed. Jyl Gentzler, Oxford University Press 1998

'Aristotle's Elusive Summum Bonum', Social Philosophy and Policy1999

'From Necessity to Fate: a Fallacy?' in The Journal of Ethics 2001

'Soul and Body in Plato and Descartes', Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 2001

'Theodicy and Pseudo-History in the Timaeus', Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, 2001

'Aristotelian Piety', Phronesis XLVIII (2003), 54-70

'Alternative World-Histories', Philosophical Papers 31 (2002), 117-43

'The Contents of the Receptacle', The Modern Schoolman LXXX (March 2003), 171-189

'Plato's Intelligible World?' Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume LXXVIII. (2004), 65-79] 'GC I.4: Distinguishing Alteration', Proceedings of the XVth Symposium Aristotelicum, Oxford University Press 2004, 123-50

'A Contemporary Look at Aristotle's Changing Now' in Metaphysics, Soul, and Ethics in Ancient Thought, ed. R. Salles, OUP 2005, 81-93

'Virtue and Beyond in Plato and Aristotle', Southern Journal of Philosophy XLIII Supplement 2005 (Spindel Conference 2004), ed. T. Roche, 97-114

'On the Idea of the summum bonum' in Virtue, Norms, and Objectivity, issues in ancient and modern ethics, ed. C. Gill, OUP 2005, 41-58

Research students

I am currently supervising Lorenzo Lazzarini, Eline Gerritsen, Andres Hernandez Villareal, Hannah Laurens and Stefano Lo Re.

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