Rachel Singpurwalla
Associate Professor
AOS: Ancient Greek Philosophy
Office: 1122A Skinner Building

Rachel Singpurwalla (Ph.D. Colorado) is an Associate Professor of Philosophy. Her area of specialization is ancient Greek philosophy, especially Plato's moral psychology, ethics, and politics. She is currently working on a series of papers on Plato's Republic, with the ultimate aim of explicating his main line of argument for the claim that justice pays. She focuses in particular on Plato's notions of friendship, virtue, beauty, and happiness, and the relationships among these. She is also writing a series of papers on Plato's moral psychology, and especially his conception of rational and non-rational motivation. Her research has been supported by Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies and the National Endowment for the Humanities.



"Plato and the Tripartition of Soul," in Philosophy of Mind in AntiquityHistory of Philosophy of Mind, Volume 1, ed John Sisko (Routledge, 2019), 101-119

"Why Spirit is the Natural Ally of Reason: Spirit, Reason, and the Fine in Plato's Republic," Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, 44 (2013), 41-65

"Soul Division and Mimesis in Republic X," in Plato and the Poets, edited by Pierre Destree and Fritz-Gregor Herrmann (Brill, 2011), 283-298

"The Tripartite Theory of Motivation in Plato's Republic," Blackwell Philosophy Compass, 5 (11) (2010), 880-892

"Reasoning with the Irrational: Moral Psychology in the Protagoras," Ancient Philosophy, 26 (2006), 243-258

"Are There Two Theories of Goodness in Plato's Republic?" Apeiron, 39 (2006), 319-329

"Plato's Defense of Justice," in The Blackwell Guide to Plato's Republic, edited by Gerasimos Santas, (Blackwell, 2006), 263-282