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Dr. David Machek

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

SNF Projekt "Carving up moral motivation in ancient Chinese and Greco-Roman thought"

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Universität Bern
Institut für Philosophie
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3012 Bern


  • Seit Januar 2019: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Ambizione, Schweizerischer Nationalfonds) am Institut für Philosophie, Universität Bern
  • 2016-2018: Wissentschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (gestiftet von Schweizerischem Nationalfonds) bei Prof. Richard King (Geschichte der Philosophie, Universität Bern)
  • 2009-2015: Doktorat in der Altchinesischen und Griechischen Philosophie an der Universität Toronto (Dissertation: "Virtuosos of the Ordinary: Comparative Interpretations of Stoic and Daoist Thought" betreut von Prof. Vincent Shen und Prof. Brad Inwood)
  • 2003-2008: Studium der Philosophie und Sinologie an der Karlsuniversität in Prag (Magister)

Neueste Publikationen

  • “Aristotle on Enkratic Ignorance.” Journal of the History of Philosophy (forthcoming).

  • “Did Seneca accede to μετριοπάθεια in his consolatory texts?” Ancient Philosophy 38.2, 383–408, 2018.

  • “Carving, taming, or gardening? Plutarch on emotions, reason and virtue.” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 26.2, 255–275, 2018.

  • “Stoics and Daoists on Freedom As Doing Necessary Things.” Philosophy East and West 68.1, 174–200, 2018.

  • “Using our selves: An interpretation of the Stoic four-personae theory in Cicero’s De Officiis I.” Apeiron: A Journal of Ancient Philosophy and Science 49.2, 2016.

  • “Beyond sincerity and pretense: role-playing and unstructured self in the Zhuangzi.” Asian Philosophy 26.1, 52–65, 2016.

Research Interests

I work in ancient philosophy, Græco-Roman and Chinese, from both comparative and non-comparative perspective. My research interests are mostly in ethics, and more specifically in moral psychology. So far, I have published mainly on Stoicism, Aristotle, Mengzi and Zhuangzi. I believe that doing history of philosophy across two wholly different philosophical traditions can be conducive to doing a better history of philosophy. My most current research project is a shorter book on early Chinese theories of ethical self-cultivation, provisionally entitled Nourishing the Heart. This book is envisaged as a part of a larger research project about moral motivation and motivational conflict in Græco-Roman and Chinese philosophical traditions.