Nathaniel
Bowditch

Position
Associate Professor
Department
Department of Philosophy

Profile

Brief Biography

Nathaniel Bowditch is an associate professor of philosophy at The American University in Cairo. He received his BA from the University of California at Berkeley, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1994, his MA from Johns Hopkins University in 2001, and his PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 2005. At Johns Hopkins he received a David Sachs Fellowship as well as the William Miller Essay Prize in 2001. Professor Bowditch taught at Goucher College and Loyola College in Maryland before joining AUC’s Department of Philosophy in September of 2006.  Bowditch’s research focuses on three areas: ethics and the history of ethics, moral psychology and history of philosophy. He’s explored and written on Aristotle’s account of moral development, the moral dimensions of early modern accounts of the emotions, focusing primarily on writings of Malebranche, Spinoza and Hume, and the contemporary relevance of historical accounts of emotions. He is currently working on a study of Hume’s account of the psychology of religious belief and its moral implications. He is an active member of the American Philosophical Association and the Hume Society. In 2009 he was elected to the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on International Cooperation. In 2009 he received the AUC Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. 

Publications

  • “Aristotle on Habituation: The Key to Unlocking the Nicomachean Ethics,” Ethical Perspectives (15, no. 3 (2008): 309-342)
  • “Malebranche: Divinity, Responsibility, and Control of the Passions,” International Philosophical Quarterly (September, 2010)
  • “Spinoza: Determination, Activity, and ‘Freedom,’” Studies in the History of Ethics (November, 2010)