11 Facts About Julia Annas


Julia Elizabeth Annas was born on 1946 and is a British philosopher who has taught in the United States for the last quarter-century.


Julia Annas is Regents Professor of Philosophy Emerita at the University of Arizona.


Julia Annas was a Fellow and Tutor at St Hugh's College, Oxford for fifteen years before joining the faculty at the University of Arizona in 1986, where she taught until her retirement, apart for one year as a professor at Columbia University.


Julia Annas specializes in the study of ancient Greek philosophy, including ethics, psychology, and epistemology.


Julia Annas was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992 and a member of the American Philosophical Society in 2013.


Julia Annas is the founder and former editor of the annual journal Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy.


Julia Annas is married to Hume scholar David Owen, a professor of philosophy at the University of Arizona.


Julia Annas is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.


Julia Annas has advocated ethics based on character, building on ideas attributed to Greek philosopher Aristotle and making them relevant for contemporary moral discourse.


Julia Annas has argued that being virtuous involves "practical reasoning" which can be compared to the "exercising of a practical skill".


Hence, she argues, rather than relating virtues to rules, principles, or an end goal, Julia Annas says, first, people should ask how they can improve their moral "skills".