Jacqueline Feke

Biography and Interests: 

Title: Harper-Schmidt Fellow and Collegiate Assistant Professor
Education: Ph.D. History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto, 2009
Office: Gates-Blake 408
Areas of Specialization: history and philosophy of science and mathematics
Jacqueline Feke (Ph.D. History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto, 2009) is a Harper-Schmidt Fellow and Collegiate Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago. She spent 2009–2012 as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University and 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 presents an intellectual history of Ptolemy’s philosophy – situating it in relation to the middle Platonic and Aristotelian commentary traditions – and it analyzes how Ptolemy defines and applies his scientific method when practicing the mathematical and physical sciences.
Currently, Jackie is teaching “Greek Thought and Literature,” a core course in the humanities.

Recent Publications: 

  • “Meta-mathematical Rhetoric: Hero and Ptolemy against the Philosophers.”  Historia Mathematica (in press).
  • “Mathematizing the Soul: The Development of Ptolemy’s Psychological Theory from On the Kritêrion and Hêgemonikon to the Harmonics.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 43.4 (Dec. 2012): 585-594.
  • “Ptolemy’s Defense of Theoretical Philosophy.” Apeiron: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science 45.1 (January 2012): 61–90.
  • (with Alexander Jones). “Ptolemy.” Cambridge History of Philosophy in Late Antiquity, vol. 1. Ed. Lloyd Gerson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. 197–209.