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Department of Philosophy


Jennifer A. Frey

Title: Associate Professor
Placement Officer
Department: Philosophy
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: Close-Hipp 520
Resources: Personal Website
Department of Philosophy
Professor Jennifer Frey


Professor Frey earned a B.A. in philosophy and medieval studies (with a classics minor) at Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana.  She earned her PhD in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.  Prior to teaching at UofSC, she was a junior fellow in the Society of the Liberal Arts at the University of Chicago and Collegiate Assistant Professor of the Humanities.

Research Interests 

History of philosophy, ethics, action theory, and aesthetics.

Regularly Taught Courses

  • PHIL 390: Junior Seminar
  • PHIL 321: Medical Ethics
  • PHIL 329: Law and Religion
  • PHIL 527: Virtue, Acts, and Consequences
  • PHIL 514: Moral Theory

Selected Publications

I have edited a volume together with Candace Vogler: Self-Transcendence and Virtue: Perspectives from Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology, Routledge, 2018.
  • “On Possessing Oneself: The Moral Psychology of Temperance,” forthcoming in Neglected Virtue, edited by Glen Pettigrove and Christine Swanton, Routledge.
  • “Revisiting Modern Moral Philosophy” Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement, edited by Anthony O’Hear, May 2020.
  • “Anscombe on Practical Knowledge and the Good,” Ergo 6 (39) 2019: 1121-1148.
  • “Neo-Aristotelian Ethical Naturalism,” in The Cambridge Companion to Natural Law Ethics, edited by Tom Angier, Cambridge University Press, 2019: 92-108.
  • “Happiness as the Constitutive Principle of Action in Thomas Aquinas” Philosophical Explorations, Volume 22 (2), April, 2019.
  • “Against Autonomy: Why Practical Reason Cannot be Pure,” special edition of Manuscrito, edited by David Horst and Sergio Tenenbaum, 41 (4), 2018: 159-193.
  • “Aquinas on Sin, Self-Love, and Self-Transcendence,” in Self-Transcendence and Virtue: Perspectives from Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology, edited by Jennifer A. Frey and Candace Vogler, Routledge, 2018.
  • “How to be an Ethical Naturalist” in Philippa Foot on Goodness and Virtue, edited by John Hacker-Wright, Palgrave MacMillan, 2018, 47-84.
  • “G.E.M. Anscombe on the Analogical Unity of Intention in Perception and Action” (with Christopher Frey), Analytic Philosophy, 58:3, September 2017, 202-247.
  • “Was Leibniz an Egoist?” in The Journal of the History of Philosophy, vol. 54, no. 4 (2016) 601-624.
  • “Analytic Philosophy of Action: A Very Brief History” in Philosophical News (7), November, 2013, 50-58.

Affiliations and Grants

Faculty Fellow of the Institute for Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America
Member of the Executive Council of the Society of Christian Philosophers
Co-PI of a 2.1 million dollar grant titled "Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life"

Blogs and Editorial work

I host and am the creator of philosophy, literature, and theology podcast, Sacred and Profane Love
I also am a main contributor to the Virtue Blog.
I am a member of editorial board for Ancient Philosophy Today: Dialogoi


I am also the mother of six children and six chickens.  When not doing philosophy, you can find me podcasting, gardening, or reading.

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