Tom Ainsworth
Lecturer in Philosophy


As an undergraduate, I read Classics at Magdalen College. I also completed my BPhil in philosophy at Magdalen, and then moved to Corpus Christi College for the DPhil, which I finished in 2013. I have held lectureships at a number of Oxford Colleges: St Anne’s, Lady Margaret Hall, Corpus, Wadham, and now Trinity.


Most of my teaching is in ancient philosophy, particularly Plato and Aristotle. I have given the undergraduate lectures on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. I also enjoy teaching a number of modern philosophy papers, especially those that focus on the more theoretical areas of philosophy, such as metaphysics and the philosophy of language.


My doctoral thesis was on Aristotle’s metaphysics, looking in particular at his concepts of substance, matter and form. The title was ‘The Grounds of Unity: substantial and sub-substantial being in Aristotle’. My most immediate research interests continue to lie in the direction of Aristotelian metaphysics, and I am currently working on an article on hylomorphism for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.