Giulia Bonasio

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Giulia Bonasio Giulia Bonasio

BA (Università di Padova), MA (Università di Padova), MA (Columbia), PhD (Columbia)


Born and raised in Italy, Giulia Bonasio completed a BA and a MA in Philosophy at the University of Padova. During the MA, she spent a year as a visiting student at UCLA. She received a MA and a PhD in Classical Studies/Ancient Philosophy from Columbia University. In her doctoral dissertation entitled Happiness and Superlative Value in the Eudemian Ethics (sponsor: Katja Vogt), she argued that in the Eudemian Ethics, Aristotle ascribes specific roles in motivation to three value-properties – the good, the beautiful and the pleasant – and she explored their metaphysics. During her PhD, Dr. Bonasio was awarded a DAAD fellowship (2016) for studying at the Munich School of Ancient Philosophy and a Chateaubriand Fellowship (2018) for doing dissertation research at Sorbonne Université (Paris I).


Dr. Bonasio’s areas of specialisation are ancient philosophy, ethics and moral psychology. Her book project focuses on the virtues of thinking and on the unity of the virtues in Aristotle’s Eudemian Ethics. The project engages primarily with the text and with the philosophical proposal of the Eudemian Ethics, but it aims also to shed light on its relation with the Nicomachean Ethics, On the Soul and Protrepticus. Dr. Bonasio is also working on a project on naturalism and natural goods in Aristotle’s ethics. With her research, she investigates an unexplored ethical proposal and she aims to find out how this proposal contributes to ancient and contemporary discussions on naturalism, virtue ethics, metaethics and value theory.

In addition to her interest in Aristotle, she has research interests in Plato’s Symposium, Republic and Philebus, in Epicurean philosophy and in Greek lyric poetry. She is fascinated by ancient cosmology and by the sublime in Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura. Besides ancient philosophy, Dr. Bonasio has done research on Greek tragedy, on emotions in antiquity, on contemporary aesthetic theories, and on the senses of being in Heidegger and Brentano. She taught introduction to philosophy, Greek tragedy, Greek history, Latin, and Contemporary Civilization (a great books course on moral and political philosophy from antiquity to the present).


  • Kalokagathia and the unity of the virtues in the EE,” APEIRON (AOP), February 2019.
  • “Pleasure and motivation in the Eudemian Ethics,” in Proceedings of the Aristotle World Congress in Thessaloniki: Aristotle 2400 Years, D. Sfendoni-Mentzou (ed.). Forthcoming.
  • “Beyond the flammantia moenia mundi. The transgressive notion of the sublime in Lucretius’ De rerum natura,Journal of the LUCAS graduate conference, Leiden 2016.
  • “Passions tragiques : la pitié et la crainte par rapport à la catharsis en Aristote,” Proceedings of the conference “Passions : transports, sublimation,” Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 2014.