Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

Full-Time Faculty

Freya Mobus, PhD

Title/s:  Assistant Professor

Office #:  Crown Center 343

Phone: 773.508.2296

Email: fmobus@luc.edu

External Webpage: https://www.freyamobus.com/


Freya Möbus is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy. She is interested in ancient Greek psychologies of human action and explanations of wrongdoing. The questions she explores are: How do our so-called non-rational mental states – our emotions, appetites, pleasures, and pains—influence our actions, especially bad ones? What kind of states are emotions, appetites, pleasures, and pains? Why do we sometimes fail to do what is right and how can we prevent future wrongdoing? Her research focuses on Socrates’ answers to these questions in Plato’s early dialogues. You can find her work at www.freyamobus.com.


PhD Cornell University

MA Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

BA Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

Research Interests

Socratic philosophy, Plato’s early psychology and explanation of human action

Selected Publications

“Can Flogging make us less ignorant? Socrates on Bodily Punishment.” In: Ancient Philosophy (forthcoming).

“Socratic Motivational Intellectualism.” In: The Bloomsbury Companion to Socrates (forthcoming). Smith, N.; Jones, R.; Sharma, R. (eds.).

“Why do itches itch? Bodily pain in Socratic moral psychology.” 2020. In: Emotions in Plato. Candiotta, L.; Renaut, O. (eds.). Brill.