Samuel Baker
Office Hours

HUMB Room 128
M 10-2 or by appointment
Ph: (251) 460-6366
Samuel Baker

Research Interests

  • Ancient Philosophy (primarily Aristotle)
  • Ethics
  • Metaphysics


Before coming to the University of South Alabama in the fall of 2015, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Paris IV (Sorbonne). I received my PhD from Princeton University where I wrote my dissertation under the supervision of Benjamin Morison, Hendrik Lorenz and John Cooper. I argued for a novel interpretation of a key argument in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics—the "function argument" of NE I 7 whereby Aristotle gives a "definition" of the human good. Though I'm interested in ancient Greek philosophy quite generally, I tend to focus on the ethics and metaphysics of Aristotle. 

I teach the introductory Classical Greek sequence (LG 141 and LG 142), as well as courses in ancient philosophy and in philosophy more generally.

Selected Publications

“The Concept of Ergon: Towards an Achievement Interpretation of Aristotle’s ‘Function Argument’,” Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 48 (2015), 227-266

“The Metaphysics of Goodness in the Ethics of Aristotle,” Philosophical Studies 174 (2017), 1839-1856

Review of C. D. C. Reeve, Action, Contemplation and Happiness: An Essay on Aristotle in Journal of Hellenic Studies 133 (2013), 291-292.


  • PHL 131 Introduction to Ethics
  • PHL 240 Western Philosophy: Classical
  • PHL 351 Philosophy of Religion