Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Tennessee
Dr. Shaw's research focuses on pleasure, pain, and the emotions in ancient Greek and Roman ethics, and especially on ancient hedonism and anti-hedonism. He is the author of a book entitled Plato's Anti-Hedonism and the Protagoras (Cambridge University Press, 2015), and he has written several papers on Plato's positive ethical and political views in the Gorgias. He is currently working on his second book, The Structure of Epicurean Ethics. In the more distant future, he plans to argue that most fundamentally, we come to know what is good and how to act through pleasures, pains, and emotions, but that neither moral beliefs nor moral properties are constituted by pleasures, pains, or emotions.