A native of Iceland, I studied philosophy, Greek and Latin at the University of Iceland before coming to Princeton in 2004. I specialize in ancient philosophy, all aspects of which interest me. But I also have broader interests in both modern and contemporary philosophy as well as in classics. My dissertation investigates aspects of naturalism in the moral philosophy of both Aristotle and later Peripatetic thinkers.
Other topics I have worked on include epistemology, philosophy of language and mind, and I recently co-authored (with Andreas T. Zanker) a note on the meanings of “meaning” and reception studies (forthcoming). I am currently also working on a paper on Pyrrho. I enjoy translating into my native tounge and I have several translation projects underway at various stages, including works by authors both ancient (Plato, Aristotle, Xenophon) and modern (Bertrand Russell, A.J. Ayer, Donald Davidson, Bernard Williams, John Searle). I have previously published translations of works by Davidson and Edmund Gettier.
My teaching interest reflects a broader interest in philosophy and classics and I welcome opportunities to teach a broad range of courses. Before coming to Princeton I had been teaching assistant in Introduction to Ancient Philosophy, Beginner’s Greek and Practical Ethics at the University of Iceland. At Princeton I precepted for CLA 218 (History of the Roman Republic) and taught a section of CLG 108 (Homer). Since 2010 I have taught classics at the University of Iceland, including intensive beginner’s Greek (“turbo Greek”), Greek civilization, classical Latin prose authors, and medieval Latin.