• Title:
    Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  • Department:

Joseph Forte, Ph.D.



Dr. Joseph M. Forte teaches ethics courses at Rivier that are part of the core curriculum. He specializes in the ethics and epistemology of Plato and wrote his dissertation on the topic of psychagogy–essentially transforming hearts and minds–in Plato’s myths of the afterlife. His current research and scholarship focus mainly on the issue of hope in Plato’s dialogues.


  • Ph.D., The Catholic University of America
  • M.A., Boston College
  • B.A., College of the Holy Cross

Courses Taught

  • Love and Hope in the Good Life
  • Theories of Ethics
  • Contemporary Moral Issues
  • Dignity, Work, Vocation
  • Epistemology
  • Metaphysics
  • Modern Continental Philosophy
  • The Philosophy and Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Aristotelian Logic
  • The Medieval Flowering of Christendom
  • Greece, Rome, and the Birth of Christianity
  • Ancient Greece and Philosophical Inquiry
  • Foundations of Logical Reasoning
  • Philosophy of the Person
  • The Classical Mind
  • The Modern Mind
  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Introduction to Critical Thinking
  • Introduction to Philosophy

Recent Publications and Proceedings

  1. Commentary on Ewegen’s “A Man of No Substance: The Philosopher in Plato’s Gorgias,” Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy 33 (2018): 113-117.
  2. Review of The City-State and the Soul, by Kevin Crotty, Review of Metaphysics 71 (2017): 376-377
  3. “Explaining Hope in Plato’s Philebus,” International Philosophical Quarterly 56 (2016): 283-295.