Philosophy Department Faculty

Sarah Byers

Associate Professor



Select Publications

MONOGRAPHPerception, Sensibility, and Moral Motivation in Augustine (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

PODCAST INTERVIEW:  "Sarah Byers on Augustine's Ethics," The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps (Episode 114).  A twenty-five minute interview.

"‘Consubstantiality’ as a Philosophical-Theological Problem: Victorinus’ Hylomorphic Model of God and His ‘Correction’ by Augustine," The Scottish Journal of Philosophy 75.1 (2022), 12-22.

Plutarch and Myth as Allegory for Metaphysics: Commentary on M. Schiffman,” Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium on Ancient Philosophy 36, ed. G. Gurtler and D. Maher (Boston: Brill, 2022).

Love, Will, and the Intellectual Ascents” in The Cambridge Companion to Augustine’s Confessions, ed. T. Toom (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020). 

The Stoics on Identity, Discernibility, and Identification: Commentary on T. Nawar,” Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium on Ancient Philosophy 32, ed. G. Gurtler and W. Wians (Boston: Brill, 2017).

“Augustinian and Aristotelian Puzzles About Embodiment: Flesh, Body, Life, and Death in Augustine” in Embodiment (Oxford Philosophical Concepts Series), ed. J.E.H. Smith (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).

Early Christian Ethics” in The Cambridge History of Moral Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017).

"Augustine's Debt to Stoic 'Affiliation' Theory in the Confessions" in The Routledge Handbook of the Stoic Tradition (Routledge, 2016).

"The Psychology of Compassion: A Reading of City of God 9.5" in The Cambridge Critical Guide to the City of God (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

"Augustine and the Philosophers" in A Companion to Augustine (Blackwell, 2012)

Life as ‘Self-Motion’: Descartes and the Aristotelians on the Soul as the Life of the Body," Review of Metaphysics 59.4 (June 2006), 723-755.

The Meaning of Voluntas in Augustine,” Augustinian Studies 37.2 (2006), 171-189.

Augustine and the Cognitive Cause of Stoic ‘Preliminary Passions’ (Propatheiai),” Journal of the History of Philosophy 41.4 (October 2003), 433-448.