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From Natural Character to Mortal Virtue in Aristotle (Oxford University Press)

2017

From Natural Character to Moral Virtue in Aristotle discusses Aristotle's biological views about character and the importance of what he calls 'natural character traits' for the development of moral virtue as presented in his ethical treatises. The aim is to provide a new, comprehensive account of the physiological underpinnings of moral development and thereby to show, first, that Aristotle's ethical theories do not exhaust his views about character as has traditionally been assumed, and, second, that his treatment of natural character in the biological treatises provides the conceptual and ideological foundation for his views about habituation as developed in his ethics.

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Explanation and Teleology in Aristotle’s Science of Nature (Cambridge University Press)

2010

In Aristotle's teleological view of the world, natural things come to be and are present for the sake of some function or end (for example, wings are present in birds for the sake of flying). Whereas much of recent scholarship has focused on uncovering the (meta-)physical underpinnings of Aristotle's teleology and its contrasts with his notions of chance and necessity, this book examines Aristotle's use of the theory of natural teleology in producing explanations of natural phenomena. Close analyses of Aristotle's natural treatises and his Posterior Analytics show what methods are used for the discovery of functions or ends that figure in teleological explanations, how these explanations are structured, and how well they work in making sense of phenomena. The book will be valuable for all who are interested in Aristotle's natural science, his philosophy of science, and his biology.

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Papers & Book Chapters

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29. Women in Ancient Medical Texts as Sources of Knowledge in Aristotle

Forthcoming

In: S. Brill and C. McKeen (eds.), The Routledge Handbook on Women and Ancient Greek Philosophy.

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28. Translation of Aristotle's Physiognomics (first draft, comments welcome)

Forthcoming

In: C.D.C. Reeve (ed.), Aristotle Complete Works, volume 4: Spuria and DubiaAristotle Complete Works, Hackett.

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27. From Medical Climatology to 'Environmental Ethics' in Aristotle's Politics VII

Forthcoming

In: R. King & Y. Suzuki (eds.), Sino-Hellenic Environmental Philosophy.

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26. Aristotle's Indebtedness to Early Greek Medicine on Wind-Pregnancies

Forthcoming

In: H. Bartoš & T. Popa (eds.), Aristotle Reads Hippocrates, Brill.

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25. Failure in a Beautiful World: Aristotle on Ugly, Useless, and Weird Parts of Animals

Forthcoming

In: S. Connell (ed.),  Aristotle's Parts of Animals, A Critical Guide, CUP.

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24. Aristotle’s Method for Establishing Facts Concerning the Female Menses in GA I 19-22

2022

In S. Follinger (ed.), Aristotle’s Generation of Animals, A Comprehensive Approach, Philosophie der Antieke 43, 123-145. 

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23. Variety of Animal Kinds: Empiricism and Hearsay in Aristotle’s Zoology

2021

In S. Connell (ed.), Cambridge Companion to Aristotle’s Biology, CUP, 64-82.

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22. Physics I 8: The Route to Solving the Eleatic Puzzle

2019

In: K. Ierodiakonou, P. Kalligas, and V. Karasmanis (eds.), Aristotle’s Physics I, Symposium Aristotelicum, OUP, 286-301.

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21. Aristotle's Teleology

2018

In J. McDonough (ed.), Oxford Philosophical Concepts – Teleology, OUP.

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20. Physiognomy in Ancient Science and Medicine

2018

In: P. Keyser and J. Scarborough (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Science and Medicine in the Classical World, OUP, 743-763.

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19. Order and Method in Aristotle’s Generation of Animals

2017

In A. Falcon & D. Lefebvre (eds.), Aristotle’s Generation of Animals, A Critical Guide, CUP, 56-74.

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18. Surrogate Principles and the Natural Order of Exposition in Aristotle’s De Caelo II

2017

In: R. Polansky and W. Wians (eds.), Reading Aristotle: Argument and Exposition in the Corpus Aristotelicum, Brill, 165-180.

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17. Biology and Teleology in Aristotle’s Account of the City

2017

In: J. Rocca (ed.), Teleology in the Ancient World: The Dispensation of Nature, CUP, 107-124.

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16. Aristotle on the Person-Situation Debate: From Natural Character to Moral Virtue

2016

In: I. Fileva (ed.), Questions of Character, OUP, 33-45.

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15. Comments on Marko Malink’s Aristotle’s Modal Syllogistic

2015

In Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Book Symposium, 733-741.

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14. The Scientific Role of Eulogos in Aristotle’s Cael II 12 

2015

Co-authored with Andrea Falcon. In: D. Ebrey (ed.), Theory and Practice in Aristotle’s Natural Science, CUP, 217-240.

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13. Perfection and the Physiology of Habituation in Aristotle’s Ethics and Physics VII 3

2015

Chapter 12, in: M. Leunissen (ed.), Aristotle’s Physics, A Critical Guide, CUP, 225-244.

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12. The Ethnography of Problems 14 in (its mostly Aristotelian) Context

2015

In R. Mayhew (ed.), Essays on ps.-Aristotle’s Problemata, Brill, 190-213.

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11. Aristotle on Knowing Natural Science for the Sake of Learning How to Live Well

2015

In: D. Henry & K. Nielsen (eds.), Bridging the Gap between Aristotle’s Science and Ethics, CUP, 214-231.

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10. Comments on Henry: The Birds and the Bees – Aristotle’s Use of Analogy in Biology

2014

In: Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy 29.1, 170-181. 

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9. Becoming Good Starts with Nature: Aristotle on the Moral Advantages and the Heritability of Good Natural Character

2013

In: Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 44, 99-127.

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8. Aristotle on Natural Character and its Implications for Moral Development

2012

In: Journal of the History of Philosophy 50.4, 507-530.

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7. Crafting Natures: Aristotle on Animal Design

2012

In: The Annual Proceedings of the Center for Philosophic Exchange, SUNY Brockport, 28-51.

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6. Aristotle and Philoponus on Final Causes in Scientific Demonstrations in APo. II.11

2011

In: F.A.J. de Haas, M. Leunissen & M. Martijn (eds.), Interpreting Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics in Late Antiquity and Beyond, Leiden, 183-201.

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5. Nature as a Good Housekeeper. Secondary Teleology and Material Necessity in Aristotle’s Biology

2010

In: Apeiron 43.4, 117-142.

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4. What’s Teleology got to do with it? A Reinterpretation of Aristotle’s Generation of Animals V

2010

With Allan Gotthelf. In: Phronesis 55.4, 325-356.* Reprinted (with slight modifications) as Chapter 5 in: A. Gotthelf (2012), Teleology, First Principles, and Scientific Method in Aristotle’s Biology, Oxford, 108-130.

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3. Aristotle’s Syllogistic Model of Knowledge and the Biological Sciences: Demonstrating Natural 

2010

In: J. Lesher (ed.), From Inquiry to Demonstrative Knowledge: Essays on Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics, Apeiron 43.2-3, 31-60.

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2. Why Stars Have no Feet. Teleological Explanations in Aristotle’s Cosmology

2009

In: A.C. Bowen & C. Wildberg (eds.), New Perspectives on Aristotle’s De Caelo, Brill Leiden, 245-271.

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1. The Structure of Teleological Explanations in Aristotle: Theory and Practice

2007

In: Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 33, 145-178

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Edited Volumes

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Aristotle's Physics: A Critical Guide (Cambridge University Press)

2015

Aristotle's study of the natural world plays a tremendously important part in his philosophical thought. He was very interested in the phenomena of motion, causation, place and time, and teleology, and his theoretical materials in this area are collected in his Physics, a treatise of eight books which has been very influential on later thinkers. This volume of new essays provides cutting-edge research on Aristotle's Physics, taking into account recent changes in the field of Aristotle in terms of its understanding of key concepts and preferred methodology. The contributions reassess the key concepts of the treatise (including nature, chance, teleology, art, and motion), reconstruct Aristotle's methods for the study of nature, and determine the boundaries of his natural philosophy. Due to the foundational nature of Aristotle's Physics itself, the volume will be a must-read for all scholars working on Aristotle.

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Interpreting Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics in Late Antiquity and Beyond (Brill: Leiden) with F.A.J. de Haas and Marije Martijn

2011

This collection of essays highlights Ancient, Byzantine and Medieval developments in the discussion of scientific method and argument in the comment(arie)s on Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics and related methodological passages in the Aristotelian corpus. Despite the importance of these discussions, the larger part of the commentary tradition on the Posterior Analytics still remains uncharted. The contributors to this volume identify and explore three important strands of interpretation, viz. (1) the reception of Aristotle’s logic of inquiry and theory of concept formation in Posterior Analytics II 19; (2) the influence of the Posterior Analytics on the evaluation of metaphysics as a science; and (3) the reception of Aristotle’s theory of demonstration, definition, and causation in Posterior Analytics book II.

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Exploring the Unknown

June 10, 2028

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