William Cochran

I’m a doctoral candidate in philosophy at Northwestern University, specializing in ancient Greek
and Roman philosophy. I have interests in other areas of ancient philosophy (Indian and
Chinese philosophy, particularly), as well as in moral philosophy, applied ethics, and
(especially) the philosophy of education. My research focuses on Aristotle’s theory of moral
education—particularly how his notion of “teaching” (didaskalia) functions to generate and
develop the intellectual virtue of practical wisdom (phronesis). I’m currently working on
explicating Aristotle’s notion of teaching, since it doesn’t seem immediately clear from his texts
what this activity actually involves. Once I’ve articulated Aristotle’s notion of how to teach
phronesis, then I aim to examine the extent to which his thinking can inform today’s debates in
the philosophy of education.
I am also a fellow in the Brady Scholars Program at Northwestern, where I mentor a small
group of undergraduates as they pursue a way to bring their philosophical learning from the
classroom and their experiential learning from their time studying abroad to bear on a project
designed to benefit the Evanston community. Before coming to Northwestern, I earned an MA
in Classics from Dalhousie University and a BAH in Classics from the University of King’s
College (both in Halifax, N.S., where I’m from). I currently live in south Evanston with my wife,
young daughter, and two cats.