Gabriel Richardson Lear

Professor of Philosophy and the Committee on Social Thought

Department of Philosophy
University of Chicago
1115 E. 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Office Phone: (773) 702-5078

Professor of Philosophy and the Committee on Social Thought

Gabriel Richardson Lear works on ancient Greek and Roman philosophy. Her book, Happy Lives and the Highest Good: An Essay on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics (Princeton, 2004), is about the relationship between morally virtuous action and theoretical contemplation in the happiest life. She is currently writing about Plato's aesthetics and about the status of beauty as an ethical concept in the work of several philosophers. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Princeton University (2001).

Selected Publications

  • Happy Lives and the Highest Good: Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, Princeton University Press, 2004.
  • “Happiness, the Good, and the Structure of Ends,” Blackwell’s Companion to Aristotle, ed. G. Anagnostopoulos, Blackwell, 2009.
  • “Permanent Beauty and Becoming Happy in Plato’s Symposium,” in Plato’s Symposium: Issues in Interpretation and Reception, ed. Jim Lesher, Debra Nails, and Frisbee Sheffield, Harvard University Center for Hellenic Studies Press, 2007.
  • “Plato on Learning to Love Beauty,” Blackwell’s Companion to Plato’s Republic, G. Santas, ed., 2005.
  • “Aristotle on Moral Virtue and the Fine,” Blackwell’s Companion to Aristotle’s Ethics, R. Kraut, ed., 2005.

Courses Taught

  • Aristotelian Ethics
  • Plato's Philosophy of Art
  • Plato on Techne
  • Plato's Protagoras
  • Aristotle's Poetics