University of Pittsburgh


Jennifer Whiting

Portrait of Mark Possanza

Assistant Professor

Department: Philosophy

Degrees: PhD Cornell


Jennifer Whiting taught at Pittsburgh from 1986-97 and rejoined the department in 2015.  She has also taught at Harvard, Cornell, and the University of Toronto (where she was Chancellor Jackman Professor of Philosophy). She has been a fellow at Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and Cornell's Society for Humanities; the recipient of ACLS and Howard Foundation fellowships, as well as several NEH grants (including one, with Steve Engstrom, for the conference that resulted in their co-edited volume Aristotle, Kant and the Stoics, Rethinking Happiness and Duty; and one, with Rutgers psychologist Louis Sass, to run a summer institute on Mind, Self, and Psychopathology); and winner of the Humboldt Stiftung's Konrad Adenauer Prize.

Selected Publications

Though her teaching interests range widely -- including at times philosophy of literature and feminist philosophy -- she has published primarily in ancient philosophy (especially Aristotle) and contemporary moral psychology. Three volumes of her papers are forthcoming with Oxford University Press (USA): [1] First, Second, and Other Selves: Essays on Friendship and Personal Identity (Oxford); [2] Thinking and Acting Together: Essays on Aristotle's Ethics; and [3] Body and Soul: Essays on Aristotle's Hylomorphism. 

Program Application

  • Students do not apply directly to the CPAS Program
  • Instead, students should apply to one of the cooperating departments (Classics, HPS, or Philosophy) and indicate their interest in the program on their application