Jacqueline Feke

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
University of Waterloo

Core:Greek Thought and Literature

Jacqueline Feke received her Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science and technology from the University of Toronto. She spent 2009-2012 as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, and she will spend the summer of 2013 as a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. Jackie’s research examines the philosophical ideas and rhetorical practices of Greco-Roman mathematicians, including Claudius Ptolemy, Hero of Alexandria, and Theon of Alexandria. She currently is working on her book manuscript, “Ethical Mathematics: Ptolemy on the Relationships between Physics, Mathematics, and Theology.” The book takes Ptolemy’s ethical program as foundational to his other philosophical and mathematical pursuits. It presents an intellectual history of Ptolemy’s entire philosophical system—his metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics—as well as an analysis of how Ptolemy applies his philosophical ideas in his practice of the mathematical and physical sciences.