Betsy Jelinek

Department of Philosophy and Religion - Honors Program

Elizabeth Jelinek

Associate Professor

McMurran Hall 252
(757) 594-7681


  • Ph D in Philosophy, Duke University
  • BA in Philosophy, Wellesley College


Dr. Jelinek's passion for her research fuels her enthusiasm for teaching both philosophy classes and Honors seminars. She has won several awards for her teaching, including the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.


Dr. Jelinek received her BA from Wellesley College and her PhD from Duke University. Her research explores the intersection of science, epistemology, and metaphysics in Plato's natural philosophy, and her work has appeared in journals such as Apeiron and History of Philosophy Quarterly.

  • Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching, CNU Provost. (2016)
  • Class of 2013 Faculty Development Fund Award, Class of 2013. (2014)
  • Provost Faculty Award for Teaching Writing, Provost and Writing Program Council. (2013)
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2020). Hippocrates at Phaedrus 270c. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly. Volume, 101. Issue, 3.
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    (2018). Critical Thinking Can Save Your Life. Hackett Publishing Company. Pages, 202-212.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2016). What is Plato’s Epistemic Worry About Phantasia?. Southwest Philosophy Review. Volume, 32. Issue, 2. Pages, 61-67.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2016). Is the Form of the Good a Final Cause for Plato?. History of Philosophy Quarterly. Volume, 33. Issue, 2. Pages, 99-116.
  • Other
    (2015). A Commentary on Phantasia as Perception-Based Belief and the Epistemic Worry of Plato. Vanderbilt University.
  • Other
    (2015). A Challenge for Vlastos’s Interpretation of Forms in the Phaedo. Harvard University.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2015). A Commentary On "Socrates and his Daimonion: A Paragon of Rationality?". Southwest Philosophy Review. Volume, 31. Issue, 2.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2015). An Examination of Plato's Chora. Environment, Space, Place. Volume, 7. Issue, 1.
  • Other
    Plato's Phaedrus. City College of New York.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Is the Form of the Good a Final Cause for Plato?. History of Philosophy Quarterly.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2014). Evaluating the Goodness of Actions On Plato's Ethical Theory. Philosophical Inquiry: An International Quarterly. Volume, 39. Issue, 4.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2013). Using Group Work in the Philosophy Classroom. Teaching Philosophy. Volume, 36. Issue, 2. Pages, 22.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2011). Pre-Cosmic Necessity in Plato's Timaeus. Apeiron. Volume, 44. Issue, March 2011. Pages, 287-306.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2010). The Philosopher-Ruler: from Theory to Action. Southwest Philosophical Review. Volume, 26. Issue, 1. Pages, 225-232.
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