Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Antike Philosophie und Wissensgeschichte

Prof. Jonathan Beere, PhD





Jonathan Beere received the B.A. in History and Philosophy of Natural Sciences at the University of Chicago in 1995 and two years later the B.A. Literae Humaniores at Oxford University.

In 2003 he achieved his PhD at Princeton University; the subject of his thesis was "The Priority of Active Being: An Interpretation of Aristotle's Metaphysics IX".

2004-2007 Jonathan Beere taught as Asisstant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago.

Since 2007, he has been on the faculty of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and was named Professor für antike Philosophie und Wissensgeschichte in January of 2011.

Jonathan Beere is Director at the Graduate School of Ancient Philosophy.


Research Fields

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Moral Psychology
  • Philosophy of Action
  • Philosophy of Mathematics
  • Kant, Wittgenstein

In addition to his regular teaching and administrative duties in the Department of Philosophy, Jonathan Beere, together with Christoph Helmig, currently runs the Junior Research Group "Place, Space and Motion" at the Excellence Cluster Topoi. He recently organized a "Summer School" on Plato's Sophist at the Humboldt-Universität. He has served as a referee for "Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy" and "Classical Philology".


Selected Publications

  • Counting the Unmoved Movers: Astronomy and Explanation in Aristotle’s Metaphysics XII.8, in: Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 2003. [pdf]
  • Potentiality and the Matter of Composite Substance, in: Phronesis 2006. [pdf]
  • The Priority in Being of Energeia, in: Dynamis. Autour de la puissance chez Aristote (ed. by M. Crubellier, A. Jaulin, D. Lefebvre, P.-M. Morel) 2008. [pdf]
  • Doing & Being: An Interpretation of Aristotle’s Metaphysics IX (Oxford University Press, 2010).
  • Faking Wisdom: Plato on Sophistry as an Expertise, in an edited volume on Wisdom in Antiquity (ed. by K. Vogt, W. Mann - to be published 2010).
  • Philosophy, Virtue and Immortality in Plato's Phaedo (forthcoming, Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, 2011).
  • Thinking Thinking Thinking: On God's Self-thinking in Aristotle's Metaphysics XII.9 [pdf]



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