Curriculum Vitae

Krisanna Scheiter                                                                                                                             
307 Lamont Building
807 Union Street
Union College
Phone:(++1) 518-388-6380

Current and Past Positions

2018-            Union College, Associate Professor of Philosophy

2012-2018   Union College, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

2010- 2012  Fay Sawyier Predoctoral Fellow, Illinois Institute of Technology

Areas of Specialization
Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Emotion

Areas of Competence
Moral Psychology, Early Modern Philosophy

2005-2012 PhD Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania

Dissertation: Emotion, Imagination, and Feeling in Aristotle

Committee: Susan Sauvé Meyer (supervisor), Charles Kahn, Gary Hatfield, Elisabeth Camp

Abstract: I argue that the emotions, for Aristotle, belong to the faculty of imagination (phantasia) and are best described as pleasurable or painful images (phantasmata), making emotions cognitive appraisals of something as good or bad, without reaching the level of intellect (nous) and so without requiring belief (doxa).

2003-2005 MA Philosophy, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Thesis: Aristotle’s Active Intellect and the Primary Mover
Committee: Jon McGinnis (supervisor), James Buickerood, Eric Wiland

1999-2002 BA English, University of Missouri-St. Louis, cum laude

Awards and Fellowships

  • 2015-2016, Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship (Award: $35,000 for sabbatical enhancement)
  • 2014-2015, John D. MacArthur Assistant Professorship, Union College (Award: $3,000)
  • June 2014, Faculty Resource Network, Summer Scholar-in-Residence, New York University
  • 2010-2012, Fay Sawyier Pre-doctoral Teaching Fellowship, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • 2010, Bacon Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2007, Bacon Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2005-2010, Benjamin Franklin Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania


  • (2016) Papers from the 2014 Union College Spring Workshop on Ethics of Forgiveness and Revenge, Philosohpia. Guest Editor. doi:10.1007/s11406-016-9720-0
  • (2013) Review of Aristotle on Desire by Giles Pearson, Notre Dame Philosophical Review 2013.04.32
  • (2012) “Images, Appearances, and Phantasia in Aristotle” Phronesis: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy, 57/3, pp. 251-278
  • (2010) “Aristotle on the Purpose of Revenge” in Sheila C. Bibb and Daniel Escandell Montiel (eds.) Best Served Cold: Studies on Revenge. Inter-Disciplinary Press (ebook).

Works In Progress

  • Emotion and Imagination in Plato and Aristotle (manuscript)
  • Conflict and Resolution: The Ethics of Forgiveness, Revenge, and Punishment (Co-edited volume with Paula Satne, University of Manchester. (Under Contract with Springer)
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  • “What is so Novel about Nous? Plato and Aristotle on Anaxagoras”
  • “Why Anger is not a Tragic Emotion in Aristotle’s Poetics”

Invited Talks

  • “Honor, Worth, and Justified Revenge in Aristotle.” Speaker Series. Marist College. Poughkeepsie, NY. February 2, 2018
  • Presenting at International Workshop on Justice in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics V.6-11. The Catholic University of America. Washington, D.C. October 13-14, 2017.
  • Presentation on De Anima 1.3, 406b26-407b26. Workshop on Aristotle’s De Anima, Book I at the Anargyrios & Korgialenios School of Spetses. Isle of Spetses, Greece. August 2-6, 2017. 
  • “The Point of Nous in Aristotle (and What Plato Missed)” Symposium session, Connections Between Late Plato and Aristotle, at the American Philosophical Association Central Division, Kansas City, MO, March 1-4, 2017.
  • Aristotle and Plato on Belief, Reason, and Desire. Two talks presented to the Department of Philosophy at Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil. May 24 and 27, 2016.
  • Aristotle on the Emotions. Workshop hosted by the Institute for the History of Philosophy (IHP),“Ten participants and the co-directors meet in mornings and afternoons over the course of two four-day weeks for discussions based upon close readings.” Emory University, June 14-26, 2015
  • “Political Friendship and Virtuous Vengeance in Aristotle” Joint Presentation with Cigdem Cidam, Assistant Professor in Political Science, Junior Faculty Works-in-Progress at Union College, April 29, 2015
  • “The Significance of Anaxagoras’ Mind” Penn Ancient Workshop on Anaxagoras. University of Pennsylvania. April 18, 2015
  • Nous Pathêtikos in Aristotle’s De Anima 3.5” UCR Ancient Philosophy Conference on Ancient ethics, psychology, and epistemology. UC Riverside. April 10-11, 2015
  • Commentator for Symposium on Aristotle on Practical Wisdom, Pacific APA, Vancouver, BC, Canada. April 2-4, 2015
  • Participant in “Seneca on Cruelty, Tyranny, and Liberty” Liberty Fund. Mary J. Sirridge, Conference Director. The Grande Colonial, La Jolla, California. March 5 – 8, 2015
  • Presentation on NE IV.3 1125a16-35. International Workshop on Liberality and Magnanimity in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve. December 18-19, 2014.
  • “Images, Appearances, and Phantasia in Aristotle” Keynote address for the LSU Graduate Philosophy Conference. March 7-8, 2014
  • Presentation on NE III. 8, 1117a9-28. Aristotle on the Virtues: Courage and Moderation: Reading Workshop on Nicomachean Ethics III.6-12, Ave Maria University. February 28-March 1, 2014
  • “Aristotle’s Platonic Account of Emotion” Queen’s University Philosophy Colloquium Series. January 23, 2014 
  • “Rethinking Nous Poietikos in Aristotle’s De Anima 3.5” Central New York Humanities Corridor Working Group in Ancient Philosophy: Workshop on The Power and Objects of Knowledge.  Syracuse University. October 26, 2013
  •  “Why Anger is not a Tragic Emotion for Aristotle” Aristotle Symposium. The Ohio State
    University. April 7-8, 2012

Conference Presentations

  •  “Honor, Worth, and Justified Revenge in Aristotle.” Symposium Session at the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division, San Diego, CA, March 28-April 1, 2018. 
  • “Rethinking Nous Poietikos in Aristotle’s De Anima 3.5”  37th Annual Ancient Philosophy Workshop. Temple University and University of Pennsylvania. April 5-6, 2014
  • “Emotion, Imagination and Belief in Aristotle” Colloquium. Illinois Institute of Technology. October 28, 2011
  • “Aristotle on the Faculty of Phantasia” 29th Annual Joint Meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy and the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy, Fordham University, New York City, NY. October 21-23, 2011
  • “Aristotle on Epithumia and Emotion” APA Central Division, Minneapolis, MI. Commentator: George Rudebusch, Northern Arizona University. March 30-April 2, 2011
  • “Aristotle on Classifying the Emotions” Colloquium. Illinois Institute of Technology. November 12, 2010
  • “A Theory of Pathos” 28th Annual Joint Meeting of the Society for Anicent Greek Philosophy and the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy, Fordham University, New York City, NY. October 15-17, 2010
  • “Aristotle on the Purpose of Revenge” The 1st Global Conference on Revenge Mansfield
    College, Oxford, UK. July 15-17, 2010
  • “An Aristotelian Theory of Emotion” 102nd Annual Meeting of the Southern Society of
    Philosophy and Psychology, Atlanta, GA. Commentator: Andrea Scarantino, Georgia State
    University. April 15-17, 2010
  • “Aristotle on Pleasure, Pain and Emotion” 61st Annual Northwest Philosophy Conference,
    Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR. October 23-24, 2009
  • “Aristotle on Anger and Revenge” 27th Annual Joint Meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy and the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy, Fordham University, New York City, NY. October 16-18, 2009
  • “Aristotle and the Nous Poietikos” 26th Annual Joint Meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy and the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy. Fordham University, New York City, NY. October 24-26, 2008
  • “Aristotle on the Role of Phantasia in Memory” Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland. July 11-13, 2008
  • “Velleman on the Selectivity of Love” 9th Annual Marquette Philosophy Graduate Student
    Association Conference The Philosophy of Love and Affectivity, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. March 29, 2008
  • “Shedding Light on Aristotle’s Light Analogy” Athens Institute for Education and Research, 2nd International Conference on Philosophy, University of Athens, Athens, Greece. June 4-7, 2007

Campus and Departmental Service

  • October 16-17, 2015 Organized International Workshop on Virtue and Emotion in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics IV.5-9
  • 2013-2015 Coach for Union College Ethics Bowl Team
  • 2013-2015 Co-Chair on The President’s Commission on the Status of Women at Union College
  • May 22-23, 2014 Organized Workshop on Ethics of Revenge and Forgiveness presented by Philosophy Department at Union College
  • 2011-2012 Coach for IIT Ethics Bowl Team

Additional Professional Activities

  • February 23, 2018: Chair for Symposium, “Aristotle’s ‘Nameless’ Virtues,” at the American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, Chicago, IL 
  • 2015-2016: Mentor for the Job Candidate Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy
  • 2013-2017: Reviewer for Routledge Focus (Book Series); Canadian Journal of Philosophy; Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, Phoenix: a journal of the Classical Association of Canada
  • July 5-13, 2013: Interdisciplinary Seminar on Emotion, Morality, and Value held at The National Center of Competence in Research “Affective Sciences – Emotions in Individual Behaviour and Social Processes.” Geneva, Switzerland.

Professional Organizations

  • Member, American Philosophical Association
  • Member, Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy


Union College Senior Thesis

Michelle Goldberg (‘14)   The Ethics of Occupation: A New Way to Consider Israeli Occupation

  • Awarded the Philosophy Department Sternfeld Prize “for the best original essay in philosophy by a member of the senior class.”

Claire Kokoska (‘15)  The Virtue of Shame in Moral Development: An Aristotelian Perspective

  • Awarded the Harold A. Larrabee Prize, which is presented “to the student who has done the best work in philosophy during the year.”

Sewards Fellows

Nealay Vasavda (‘16)  Cyberethics: Facebook, China, and the National Security Agency

  • Presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at University of North Carolina, Ashville, April 7-9, 2016.

Courses Taught

Union College

  • Spring 2018, Topics: Theory of Knowledge in Plato
  • Winter 2018, First-year Preceptorial (On Happiness); Ethics of Anger, Revenge, and Forgiveness; New Directions in Philosophy
  • Fall 2017, Introduction to Philosophy; Introduction to Ancient Philosophy; New Directions in Philosophy
  • Spring 2017, Introduction to Philosophy; Ethics of Anger, Revenge, and Forgiveness (co-taught with Leo Zaibert)
  • Winter 2017, Scholars Research Seminar (Philosophy of Happiness); Plato’s Republic
  • Fall 2016, Introduction to Ancient Philosophy; Topics: Aristotle’s Psychology
  • 2015-2016 Sabbatical
  • Fall 2013-Spring 2015, Ethics Bowl
  • Winter 2015, Introduction to Philosophy; History of Ancient Philosophy; Topics: Ancient Emotions
  • Fall 2014, Age of Darwin (First Year Preceptorial); Moral Problems
  • Winter 2014, Topics: Aristotle’s Ethics; Introduction to Philosophy, First-Year Philosophy Seminar
  • Fall 2013, History of Ancient Philosophy; SRS: Ethics of Anger, Revenge, and Forgiveness
  • Spring 2013, Topics: Aristotle’s Psychology
  • Winter 2o13, Ethics of Anger, Revenge, and Forgiveness, First-Year Philosophy Seminar
  • Fall 2012, History of Ancient Philosophy, First-Year Philosophy Seminar

Illinois Institute of Technology

  • Spring 2011/2012,  Ethics of Anger, Revenge and Forgiveness; Age of Darwin
  • Fall 2010/2011, History of Ancient Philosophy; Age of Darwin

University of Pennsylvania

  • Spring 2010, Introduction to Philosophy
  • Summer 2009, History of Ancient Greek Philosophy


  • Ancient Greek, German (Reading), Latin

Curriculum Vitae(PDF)