Jeremy Reid’s research focuses on the history of ethics and political philosophy, primarily in Greek and Roman philosophy. On the political side, he is interested in the development of constitutionalism, democratic theory and the use of moral psychology and theories of character in political philosophy, particularly in non-ideal circumstances. On the ethical side, Reid has worked most on ancient theories of love, sex and friendship. As somebody who is not yet a Sage, he is also interested more generally in how to progress toward virtue and what it means to have lower grades of virtue. He is at his happiest working on Plato and the Stoics (who are both fun and probably right), though he also has major research and teaching interests in Aristotle, Cicero, Hobbes and contemporary virtue ethics.
Before joining SF State, Reid was a postdoctoral research associate at University of Maryland, College Park. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at University of Arizona and grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, where he focused his undergraduate studies in philosophy, musicology and the classical languages.