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Dr Sophia Connell

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Ext. Director of Studies; Director of Studies in Philosophy


Sophia Connell took her BA Honours Degree in Philosophy at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, before proceeding to complete an MPhil and PhD in Classics at the University of Cambridge. Her doctoral thesis is a close examination of Aristotle’s work on reproduction: De Generatione Animalium. She was Research Fellow at St. John’s College Cambridge from 1997-2002 and has been Director of Studies in Philosophy at Newnham College since 2002 and at Selwyn College since 2004.


Main areas of current interest are: Aristotelian metaphysics and philosophy of science, feminist theory, the ethics of reproductive technologies and abortion, philosophical issues in ancient science. A book entitled Aristotle, Women and the Generation of Animals is currently nearing completion. Selected Publications ‘An Integrated Approach to Aristotle as a Biological Philosopher’ Review of Metaphysics, vol. 55, December 2001. ‘Aristotle and Galen on Sex Difference and Reproduction: A New Approach to an Ancient Rivalry’ Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, vol. 31, No. 3, pp.405–427, 2000.. ‘Feminism and Evolutionary Psychology’, electronic publication, 4th European Feminist Research Conference, Bologna, 2000.


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