Department of Philosophy and the College
Chris Frey’s primary research is in the areas of ancient philosophy and the philosophy of mind. His interests in ancient philosophy lie at the intersection of metaphysics and natural philosophy. He is studying how Aristotle’s views on elemental motion, chemical combination, and biological function illuminate crucial aspects of his metaphysics, for example, the distinction between potential and actual being, the relationship between the animate and the inanimate, and the question of how the soul can be a principle of organic unity.
Frey’s work in the philosophy of mind centers on the substantive relationships that exist between the phenomenality and the intentionality of perceptual experience. He is also interested in self-consciousness and the imagination.
He received the Andrew Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, the Departmental Fellowship, the Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship and the Donald Kalish Prize in 2001. He is the founder and organizer of the Philosophy Graduate Student Work in Progress Colloquium Series at the University of Pittsburgh and the Referee for the University of Pittsburgh/Carnegie Mellon University Graduate Student Conference. Frey has authored several publications and presentations in his research areas.
Frey received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010 and his BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2001.
Frey joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2010.