Ian McCready-Flora, Society of Fellows

Ian McCready-Flora is an incoming fellow at the Society of Fellows in the Humanities. He works mainly on Ancient Greek Philosophy (Aristotle especially) and contemporary Aesthetics. He is currently trying to understand Aristotle’s conception of rationality: what is it about human thinking that distinguishes it from the sorts of thinking that other animals are capable of? Aristotle’s views on belief, in particular, need to be integrated into this account; only humans can form beliefs, according to Aristotle, so belief must have some characteristics that make it a special brand of cognition. Aristotle’s theory of belief, however, gets relatively little attention, however, compared to his deductive model of science and knowledge. A serious effort at understanding it, then, can reshape our views about Aristotle’s conception of rationality. Ian MacCready-Flora email.