Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Daryl McGowan Tress

Daryl McGowan Tress
Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy
Fordham University
Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 817-3311





Daryl Tress with Stella Ja Yun Lee,
graduate student in classics

Editor, Journal of Neoplatonic Studies
(718) 817-3311

B.A.     Queens College, City University of New York, Philosophy
Ph.D.   University at Buffalo (SUNY), Philosophy, 1983
Dissertation: "Myth and Mimesis in Plato's Republic"


Areas of Specialization
Ancient Philosophy
Ancient Science, especially Biology and Medicine
Feminist Theory

Teaching Competence
History of Philosophy: ancient philosophy and science;  early modern;  19th century and 20th century European philosophy (including phenomenology, existentialism, hermeneutics and postmodernism)
Philosophy of Science
Aesthetics (including philosophy and literature)
Ethics and Philosophy of Human Nature: traditional issues in ethics; applied ethics and public policy (including medical ethics, ethics and feminism, environmental ethics);  feminist theory;  moral psychology;  philosophy and religion

Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Mary Ingraham Bunting Research Fellowship, Harvard University, 2000-2001
Earhart Foundation Research Award, 1999
Recognition of Excellence in Teaching, American Philosophical Association, 1999
Finalist, Graduate Student Association Teacher of the Year Award
Fordham University, 1997
Ames Fund for Junior Faculty Award
Fordham University, 1996, 1997, 1998
Faculty Summer Research Grant
Fordham University, 1996, 1999



Human Origins in Ancient Greek Thought (in progress; under contract, University of Chicago Press)

Articles and Book Chapters:

Commentary on Ursula Coope, "Act and Agency in Aristotle's Physics III.3." In Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy.  John Cleary and Gary Gurtler, editors [vol. forthcoming, 2005].

"The Political Thought of Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem."  Co-authored with Natalie Fuehrer. The History of American Political Thought, Bryan-Paul Frost and Jeffrey Sikkenga, editors.  Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2003.

"Reuniting Science and Value in the Natural World.” In The Environment in the Ancient and Medieval Past.  Thomas Robinson and Laura Westra, editors.  Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2002.

"Ancient and Modern Reflections on Medical Ethics and the Best Interests of the Sick Child."  In Bioethics:  Ancient Themes in Contemporary Issues.  Ronald Polansky and Mark Kuczewski, editors.  Cambridge, MA:  MIT Press, 2000.

"Aristotle Against the Hippocratics on Sexual Generation:  A Reply to Coles."  Phronesis 44:228-241, 1999.

"The Metaphysical Science of Aristotle's Generation of Animals and Its Feminist Critics," reprinted in Aristotle Critical Assessments, vol. 2 : "Physics, Cosmology and Biology."  Lloyd Gerson, editor.  NY: Routledge, 1999.

"Relations and Intermediates in Plato's Timaeus."  In Plato and Platonism.  Johannes M. van Ophuijsen, editor.  Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of  America Press, 1999.

"Environmentalism's Relation to the History of Philosophy."  Global Bioethics 11:69-76, 1998.

"Aristotle Against the Hippocratics on Sexual Generation."  Philosophy and Medicine. Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Greek Philosophy, vol. I, Athens,   Greece, 1998, 237-253.

"Aristotle's Children."  In The Philospher's Child.  Critical Essays in the Western Tradition. Susan M. Turner and Gareth B. Matthews, editors.  Rochester, NY:  University of Rochester Press, 1998.

"Aristotle's Child:  Development Through Genesis, Oikos and Polis. Ancient Philosophy 17:63-84, 1997.

"The Philosophical Genesis of Ecology and Environmentalism."  In The Greeks and the Environment.  Thomas M. Robinson and Laura Westra, editors.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 1997.

"The Metaphysical Science of Aristotle's Generation of Animals and Its Feminist Critics," reprinted in Feminism and Ancient Philosophy.  Julie Ward, editor.  NY: Routledge, 1996.

"Liabilities of the Feminist Use of Narrative: A Study of Sara Ruddick's Story in Maternal Thinking."  Co-authored with Adrienne Fulco.  Public Affairs Quarterly 9:267-286, 1995.

"Relations in Plato's Timaeus."  Journal of Neoplatonic Studies 3:93-139, 1994.

"The Metaphysical Science of Aristotle's Generation of Animals and Its Feminist Critics."  The Review of Metaphysics 46: 304-341, December, 1992.

"Feminist Theory and Its Discontents."  Interpretation 18:293-311, Winter 1990-91.

Comment on Jane Flax's `Postmodernism and Gender Relations in Feminist Theory'." Signs 14:196-200, Autumn 1988.


Review of Robert Mayhew, The Female in Aristotle's Biology.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004, for The Classical Bulletin [in progress].

Review of Christopher Shields, editor, The Blackwell Guide to Ancient Philosophy.  Oxford:  Blackwell Publishising, 2003, for International Philosophical Quarterly [in progress]

Review of James G. Lennox, Aristotle’s Philosophy of Biology.  Studies in the origins of Life Sciences.                    New York:  Cambridge University Press, 2001, for Classical World [in progress]

Review of John Cooper,  Reason and Emotion.  Essays on Ancient Moral Psychology and Ethical Theory.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1999. Classical World 95:88-9, 2001.

Review of Method in Ancient Philosophy, edited by Jyl Gentzler.  NY:  Oxford - Clarendon Press, 1998.  International Philosophical Quarterly  40: 121-3,  2000.

Review of Rationality in Greek Thought, edited by Michael Frede and Gisela Striker.  NY:  Oxford University Press, 1996.  The Review of Metaphysics51:680-683, 1998.

Review of Aristotle's Philosophical Development:  Problems and Prospects, edited by William Wians. Lanham, MD: Rowan & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 1996. International Philosophical Quarterly 37:236-239, 1997.

Review of Theodore Scaltsas, Substances and Universals in Aristotle's  Metaphysics. Ithaca:  Cornell University Press, 1994.  International Philosophical Quarterly 36:254-6, 1996.

Review of David A. White, Rhetoric and Reality in Plato's Phaedrus.  Albany, NY: State University of New York  Press, 1993.  The Review of Metaphysics 37:647-8, 1994.

Review of Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, vol. IV, 1988, edited by John J. Cleary and Daniel C. Shartin.  NY: University Press of America,    1988.  Ancient Philosophy 12:181-185, Spring 1992.

Review of The Evolution of the Gilgamesh Epic by Jeffrey H. Tigay.  The Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics 5:98-99, 1982.


"In Time of War.  Two Philosophers Reflect on the Iliad in 1940's France."  At the Department of Classics, Fordham University, December 2004.

"The Origins of Human Life According to the Ancient Greeks."  At the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.  May 30, 2001.  (Co-presented with physicist Elizabeth Simmons, "The Origins of the Masses of the Elementary Particles.")

"Thinking About the Future: Values in Ecology and Ancient Philosophy."  At the conference, Thinking about the Environment: Our Debt to the Ancient and Medieval Past.  University of Firenze, Italy. August 17-20, 2000.

"Modern Philosophy of Physics Meets Ancient Psychology:  Arguments about Space and Soul."  At the annual meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Binghamton University, October 24, 1998.

"Commentary on Margaret Walker, "The Elusiveness of `Common Humanity' in Ethics."  Fordham University Department of Philosophy Inaugural Lecture, September 16, 1998.

"Aristotle Against the Hippocratics on the Principles of Sexual Generation."  American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, Chicago, May 8, 1998.

"Aristotle Against the Hippocratics on the Question of Sexual Generation."  At the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, University of Binghamton, October 25, 1997.

"Aristotle Against the Hippocratics on the Question of Generation."  At the Ninth International Conference on Greek Philosophy, "Ancient Philosophy and Medicine:  A Dialogue".  Kos, Greece, August 25, 1997.

Commentary on Norman Mooradian. "On Being Overcome By Pleasure: Protagoras 349a-358a."  At the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, New York, December 28, 1995.

"Aristotle's Child." At the Department of Philosophy, Fordham University, November 2, 1995.

"Environmentalism and the History of Western Philosophy."  At the Conference on Environmental Ethics, Philosophy of Ecology and Bioethics, Sala Sant'Agostino, Cortona, Italy, August 28, 1995.

"Aristotle on Mothers and Fathers, Sons and Daughters."  At the Phi Sigma Tau Induction Ceremony, Fordham University, May 12, 1995.

"Aristotle's Child: Formation Through Genesis, Oikos, and Polis." At the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy at the Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Chicago, April 28, 1995.

"Relations in Plato's Timaeus."  At the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, University of Binghamton, Binghamton, NY, October 15, 1994.

"The Ancient Greek Roots of Contemporary Ecology?"  At The Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, University of Binghamton, Binghamton, NY, October 30, 1993.

"Relations in Plato's Timaeus."  The Franklin J. Matchette Foundation Lecture Series on Plato and Platonism.  At The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., October 15, 1993.

Respondent to Nicholas Rescher, "Future Contingency and the Metaphysics of Becoming," and Alice Ramos, "The Desire for God in Aristotle and in Aquinas."  At the Metaphysical Society of America, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, March 12, 1993.

"The Metaphysical Biology of Aristotle's Generation of Animals."  At the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Columbia University, N.Y. October 23-24, 1992.

"Respondent to Jan Rintala, "Women and Running: Restriction and Empowerment" at the Philosophic Society for the Study of Sport, Washington, D.C., November 11, 1989.

"Feminist Theory and Its Discontents."  The Blanchard William Means Memorial Lecture.  Trinity College, Hartford, CT.  April 13, 1989.

"Modernism, Postmodernism, and Feminist Ethics."  At "Explorations in Feminist Ethics"  Conference, University of Minnesota, Duluth, October 7-8, 1988.

"Myth and the Arts in Plato's Republic."  At the Department of Philosophy, Fordham University, Bronx, NY, February 1985.

"The Insufficiency of `Power' and `Politics' for Generating a Full Feminist Theory."   At the University of Connecticut, Department of Philosophy, April 1984.  And at the Women's Studies Program Faculty Series, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, April 1984.


Director, Office of Prestigious Fellowships and Awards, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Fordham University, 2002 - present.


Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy
International Plato Society
American Philosophical Association
Society for Ancient Medicine
National Association of Fellowship Advisors
International Society for the Scientific Study of the Origin of Life


Editor, Journal of Neoplatonic Studies (appointed in 2003)

Coordinator, International Conference on Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Fordham University, 2003 and 2004

Journal Referee: Ancient Philosophy; International Philosophical Quarterly; Hypatia - A Journal of Feminist Philosophy

Manuscript Proposal Reviewer: Blackwell Publishers

Grant Referee: Israel Science Foundation

Program Committee Member, Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy Annual Meeting, 2003, 2004, 2005; American Catholic Philosophical Association Annual Meeting, 1998.

Plenary address at Freshman Orientation, Fordham College,"The Tragedy of Sophocles' Antigone"  August 31, 1998

Dean's List Convocation Address, Fordham College, "On Being Substantial," November 3, 1996

Consultant to The Connecticut Sports Museum, Hartford, CT, for its Exhibition on Gender Equity in Sport, May 1994


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