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Zoli Filotas

Zoli Filotas

Philosophy Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor


East Hall

Phone: (605) 677-5218



Zoli Filotas is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of South Dakota. His research concerns slavery, marriage, and other hierarchical relationships in ancient Greek philosophy.

Teaching Interests:

Ancient philosophy, Social and political philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Logic

Research Interests:

Ancient Greek Ethics and Politics, Social and Political Philosophy


  • Ph D, Philosophy, McGill University, 2015
  • MA, Philosophy, Concordia University, 2007
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Music, Specialization Jazz Studies, Concordia University, 2001


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Filotas, Zoli. From Natural Character to Moral Virtue in Aristotle, Mariska Leunissen. Durham, NC: Philosophical Review, 2019.
  • Filotas, Zoli, and Lefebvre, David. Aristotle and the Hellenistic Peripatos: From Theoprastus to Critolaus. In Brill's Companion to the Reception of Aristotle in Antiquity, edited by Andrea Falcon, 13-34. Leiden: Brill , 2016.
  • Filotas, Zoli, and Dorandi, Tiziano. The Ancient Biographical Tradition on Aristotle. In Brill's Companion to the Reception of Aristotle in Antiquity, edited by Andrea Falcon, 277-298. Leiden: Brill, 2016.
  • Filotas, Zoli. Politique d'Aristote, Emmanel Bermon et al.. Vol. 30, Iss. 1. Polis, 2013.
  • Filotas, Zoli, and Pellegrin, Pierre. Natural Slavery. In The Cambridge Companion to Aristotle's Politics, edited by Marguerite Deslauriers, Pierre Destree, 92-116. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
  • Filotas, Zoli. The Cambridge Companion to Montaigne, ed. Ulrich Langer. Vol. 29, Iss. 4. Teaching Philosophy, 2006.
  • Filotas, Zoli. The Lessons of Cyrus in Xenophon's Oeconomicus. In Foreign Influences, edited by Benoit Castelnerac, Luca Gili, and Laetitia Monteils-Laeng. Turnhout: Brepols.
  • Filotas, Zoli. Aristotle and The Ethics of Difference, Equality, and Friendship: The Pluralism of Rule. London: Bloomsbury.
  • Filotas, Zoli. In Epistemology and Ethics in Plato and Ancient Platonism, edited by Mario Bonazzi, Fiippo Forcignano, Angela Ulacco, . Leiden: Brill.
  • Filotas, Zoli, and Deslauriers, Marguerite. Aristotle's Human Beings. In The Human Being: A History (Oxford Philosophical Concepts), edited by Karolina Hübner. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Filotas, Zoli, and Lefebvre, David. Parts and Generation: The Prologue to the Generation of Animals and the Structure of the Treatise. In The Cambridge Critical Companion to Aristotle's Generation of Animals. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Awards and Honors:

  • Course Redesign Fellowship, USD Center for Teaching and Learning, 2018
  • Curricular Transformation Grant, USD College of Arts and Sciences, 2017


  • Filotas, Zoli. Interpersonal Causation in Aristotle's Theory of Rule. Presented at the 71st Annual Northwest Philosophy Conference, Forest Grove, OR. (October 26, 2019)
  • Filotas, Zoli. Xenophon, the Political Roles of Women, and the Psychological Turn in Classical Philosophy. Presented at the Sex, Gender, and Science in Ancient Greece, Tampa, FL. (March 1, 2019)
  • Filotas, Zoli. The Lessons of Cyrus in Xenophon's Oeconomicus. Presented at the Foreign Influences, Montreal, QC. (October 23, 2018)
  • Filotas, Zoli. Aristotle's Human Beings. Presented at the Being Human: A History (Workshop for a volume in the Series Oxford Philosophical Concepts), University of Toronto. (June 10, 2017)
  • Filotas, Zoli. Xenophon on Subordination, Trust, and the Art of Rule. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, New York City. (October 29, 2016)
  • Filotas, Zoli. Aristotle on Communities of Equals. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Indiana Philosophical Association, Richmond, IN. (November 15, 2015)
  • Filotas, Zoli. Curiculum et strategies pedagogiques. Presented at the Congres Annuel, Societe Philosophique du Quebec, Rimouski, QC. (May 20, 2015)
  • Filotas, Zoli. Rhetorique et commandement chez Aristote,. Presented at the 81e Congrès de l'Association francophone pour le savoir, Symposium de jeunes chercheurs en philosophie, Quebec, QC. (May 2013)
  • Filotas, Zoli. Aristotle on Kinds of Community and Kinds of Rule. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, New York, NY. (October 29, 2012)
  • Filotas, Zoli. Aristotle on Authority, Responsibility, and the Kinds of Rule. Presented at the Workshop on Sexual Difference aristotle's Biology and Politics, Montreal QC. (September 2012)
  • Filotas, Zoli. The Power of Violence but in a Different Form: Gorgias on Persuasion, Aristotle on Slavery and Rule. Presented at the Canadian Colloquium for Ancient Philosophy, Edmonton, AB. (May 2012)