Thomas Ainsworth

thomas ainsworth
2010-present Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Oxford
2013 DPhil in Philosophy, Corpus Christi College, Oxford
2008 BPhil in Philosophy, Magdalen College, Oxford
2006 BA in Literae Humaniores, Magdalen College, Oxford


Priority in Being in Aristotle’ (Philosophy Compass, 2018)
Form vs. matter‘ (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2016)
Me, me, me! Barney the Egoist’ (How I Met Your Mother and Philosophy, 2014)


I am interested in all areas of ancient philosophy, but I am currently working on Aristotelian metaphysics and physics.

Most of my teaching is in ancient philosophy, particularly Plato and Aristotle. I have given the undergraduate lectures on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. I also enjoy teaching a number of modern philosophy papers, especially those that focus on the more theoretical areas of philosophy, such as metaphysics and the philosophy of language.