I'm a Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at the University of Toronto. I work on topics in ancient philosophy and ethics. 

In June 2017, I completed my PhD in the Department of Philosophy and the Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at the University of Toronto, writing under the supervision of Rachel Barney, with Brad Inwood, James Allen, and Tom Hurka as readers. During my time in the PhD program I held a Connaught International Scholarship for doctoral work. 

In my dissertation, I argued for a new account of the role of argument in changing a person's core values within the context of Plato's dialogues, focusing on issues of moral motivation, motivated reasoning, the transformative power of philosophy, and Socratic method.   

I did my first degree at Wabash College, a liberal arts college in Indiana, and before that I taught English at a university in northern China. 

I am interested in the usefulness of philosophy in the public sphere and increasing access to philosophical education, which I pursue as the University of Toronto philosophy department's liaison with Wireless Philosophy.

You can find my CV here.

You can find information about my current research on my research page here and about my teaching on my teaching page here

Outside of philosophy, I enjoy pickup basketball, backcountry camping, podcasts, and playing music. 

Contact: jacob.stump@mail.utoronto.ca /// +1-647-217-7010
Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto
170 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5R2M8

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