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Jacqueline Feke’s research examines the Ancient Greek sciences through the lenses of history, philosophy, and rhetorical analysis.

Her scholarly publications focus on the ancient physical and mathematical sciences including astronomy, cosmology, geography, harmonics, mechanics, and psychology.

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Ptolemy’s Philosophy: Mathematics as a Way of LifePrinceton: Princeton University Press, 2018.

Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“On the Need to Re-examine the Relationship between the Mathematical Sciences and Philosophy in Greek Antiquity.” Anachronisms in the History of Mathematics: Essays on the Historical Interpretation of Mathematical Texts. Ed. Niccolò Guicciardini. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021. 105-130.


“Ptolemy’s Philosophy of Geography.” Claudio Ptolomeo: Geografía (Capítulos teóricos). Ed. René Ceceña. Mexico City: Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2018.  281-326.


Meta-mathematical Rhetoric: Hero and Ptolemy against the Philosophers.” Historia Mathematica 41.3 (2014): 261-276.


“Mathematizing the Soul: The Development of Ptolemy’s Psychological Theory from On the Kritêrion and Hêgemonikon to the Harmonics.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 43.4 (Dec. 2012): 585-594.


“Ptolemy’s Defense of Theoretical Philosophy.” Apeiron: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science 45.1 (Jan. 2012): 61-90.


(with Alexander Jones). “Ptolemy.” Cambridge History of Philosophy in Late Antiquity, vol. 1. Ed. Lloyd Gerson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. 197-209.

Encyclopedia and Non-Refereed Journal Articles


The Ethics of Ancient Mathematics: The Case of Claudius Ptolemy,Canadian Mathematical Society Notes 53.3 (June 2021): 10-11.

“Théon d’Alexandrie.” Dictionnaire des philosophes antiques, vol. 6: de Sabinillus à Tyrsénos. Ed. Richard Goulet. Paris: CNRS Éditions, 2016. 1008-1016.

“What Can We Know of What the Romans Knew? Comments on Daryn Lehoux’s What Did the Romans Know? An Inquiry into Science and Worldmaking.” Expositions: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities 6.2 (2012): 23-32.

“Ptolémée d’Alexandrie (Claude).” Dictionnaire des philosophes antiques, vol. 5, 2nd part: de Plotina à Rutilius Rufus. Ed. Richard Goulet. Paris: CNRS Éditions, 2012. 1718-33.

Book Reviews

Review of John M. Steele (ed.), The Circulation of Astronomical Knowledge in the Ancient World (Leiden: Brill, 2016), Aestimatio 13 (2019): 115-118.

Review of Markus Asper (ed.) in collaboration with Anna-Maria Kanthak, Writing Science: Medical and Mathematical Authorship in Ancient Greece (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2013), Aestimatio 10 (2013): 352-354.

Review of Karine Chemla (ed.), The History of Mathematical Proof in Ancient Traditions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), Early Science and Medicine 18.6 (2013): 568-570.

Review of Nicholas Campion, Astrology and Cosmology in the World's Religions (New York: New York University Press, 2012), Journal for the History of Astronomy 44.4 (Nov. 2013): 492-493.

Review of Olivier Darrigol, A History of Optics: From Greek Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), Physics Today 66.6 (June 2013): 52-53.

Review of Jo Marchant, Decoding the Heavens: A Two-Thousand--Year-Old Computer—and the Century-Long Search to Discover Its Secrets (Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2009), ISIS 101.1 (March 2010): 261-262.

Review of James Evans and J. Lennart Berggren, Geminos's Introduction to the Phenomena. A Translation and Study of a Hellenistic Survey of Astronomy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006), Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2007.04.35.

See Jacqueline Feke's complete C.V. here.

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