Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Philosophie der Antike und Gegenwart

Prof. Dr. Dr. Stephen Menn


E-Mail: stephen.menn(ad)ancient-philosophy(dot)de

Tel.: +49.030.2093-2590




Major Current Projects:


Stephen Menn is currently revising a book-manuscript entitled The Aim and the Argument of Aristotle's Metaphysics (table of contents and current drafts available here) Furthermore he is worrking on a series of essays on medieval Arabic and Latin philosophers on the logical syntax of being and unity (which will ultimately form a book, Fârâbî's Kitâb al-urûf and the History of the Many Senses of Being), and (with Rachel Barney of the University of Toronto) revising a translation with introduction and notes of Simplicius’ commentary on Aristotle’s Physics I.1-2, for the series Ancient Commentators on Aristotle, edited by Richard Sorabji. More slowly, he is working, with Calvin Normore of UCLA, on a book to be called Nominalism and Realism, from Boethius to Hobbes, and revising a draft of a book called Feuerbach's Theorem: an Essay on Euclidean and Algebraic Geometry.


Selected Publications:


Plato on God as Nous, published by Southern Illinois University Press for the Journal of the History of Philosophy Monograph Series, 1995; reissued by St. Augustine's Press, 2002

Descartes and Augustine, Cambridge University Press, 1998; revised paperback edition, 2002

Anton Wilhelm Amo's Philosophical Dissertations on Mind and Body, edited and translated, with an introduction, by Stephen Menn and Justin E. H. Smith, Oxford University Press, 2020


• »Descartes and Some Predecessors on the Divine Conservation of Motion«, Synthese, v.83, May 1990, pp.215-38

• »Aristotle and Plato on God as Nous and as the Good«, Review of Metaphysics, v.45, March 1992, pp.543-73

• »The Problem of the Third Meditation«, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Autumn 1993, pp.537-59

• »The Origins of Aristotle's Concept of Energeia: Energeia and Dynamis«, Ancient Philosophy, v.14, Spring 1994, pp.73-114

• »The Editors of the Metaphysics«, Phronesis, v.40, n.2, July 1995, pp.202-8

• »The Greatest Stumbling Block: Descartes' Denial of Real Qualities«, in Descartes and his Contemporaries: Meditations, Objections and Replies, ed. Roger Ariew and Marjorie Grene, University of Chicago Press, 1995, pp.182-207

• »Metaphysics, Dialectic, and the Categories«, Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale, v.100, n.3, July-September 1995, pp.311-37

• »Physics as a Virtue«, Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, v.11 [nominally 1995, actually 1996], pp.1-34

• »Suárez, Nominalism, and Modes«, in Hispanic Philosophy in the Age of Discovery, ed. Kevin White, Catholic University of America Press, 1997, pp.226-56

• »Classical Metaphysical Thought«, in the Encyclopedia of Classical Philosophy, ed. Donald Zeyl, Greenwood Press, 1997, pp.335-42

• »Descartes, Augustine, and the Status of Faith«, in Studies in Seventeenth-Century European Philosophy, ed. M.A. Stewart, Oxford University Press, 1997, pp.1-31

• »The Intellectual Setting [of Seventeenth-Century Philosophy]«, in The Cambridge History of Seventeenth-Century Philosophy, edd. Daniel Garber and Michael Ayers, CUP, 1997, pp.33-86

• »Collecting the Letters«, Phronesis, v.43, n.4, November 1998, pp.291-305

• »The Stoic Theory of Categories«, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, v.17, 1999, pp.215-47

• »On Dennis Des Chene's Physiologia«, Perspectives on Science, v.8, n.2, 2000, pp.119-43

• »Plotinus on the Identity of Knowledge with its Object«, Apeiron, v.34, n.3, September 2001, pp.233-46

• »Metaphysics Z10-16 and the Argument-Structure of Metaphysics Z«, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, v.21, Winter 2001, pp.83-134

• »Longinus on Plotinus«, Dionysius, v.19, December 2001, pp.113-24

• »Aristotle's Definition of Soul and the Programme of the De Anima«, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, v.22, Summer 2002, pp.83-139

• »Plato and the Method of Analysis«, Phronesis, v.47, n.3, June 2002, pp.193-223

• »The Discourse on the Method and the Tradition of Intellectual Autobiography«, in Hellenistic and Early Modern Philosophy, ed. Jon Miller and Brad Inwood, Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp.141-91

• »Metaphysics: God and Being«, in The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Philosophy, ed. A.S. McGrade, 2003, pp.147-70

• »Aristotle«, in the Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2nd edition, ed. Donald Borchert, Macmillan, 2006

• »On Plato's Politeia«, Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, v.21 [nominally 2005, actually 2006], pp.1-55

• »Fârâbî's Kitâb al-Ḥurûf and his Analysis of the Senses of Being«, Arabic Sciences and Philosophy, v.18, n.1, March 2008, pp.59-97

• »Aristotle on the Many Senses of Being«, read at the Princeton Classical Philosophy Colloquium, December 2008

• »Aporiai 13-14,« in Aristotle's Metaphysics Beta (Proceedings of the XVIth Symposium Aristotelicum), ed. Michel Crubellier and André Laks, OUP, 2009, pp.211-65

• »Zeller and the Debates about Aristotle's Metaphysics«, in Eduard Zeller: Philosophie- und Wissenschaftsgeschichte im 19. Jahrhundert, ed. Gerald Hartung, Walter de Gruyter, 2009, pp.93-121

• »The Timaeus and the Critique of Pre-Socratic Vortices«, in One Book, the Whole Universe: Plato's Timaeus Today, ed. Richard Mohr and Barbara Sattler, Parmenides Publishing, 2010, pp.141-50

• »Simplicius on the Theaetetus (in Physica 17,38-18,23 Diels)«, Phronesis v.55 [2010], n.3, pp.255-70

• »On Socrates' First Objections to the Physicists (Phaedo 95e8-97b7)«, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy v.38, Summer 2010, pp.37-68

• »In memoriam Ian Mueller (1938-2010)«, Aestimatio 7 [nominally 2010, actually 2011], pp.193-228

• »On Myles Burnyeat's Map of Metaphysics Zeta«, Ancient Philosophy v.31 n.1, Spring 2011, pp.161-202

•  »Fârâbî in the Reception of Avicenna's Metaphysics: Averroes against Avicenna on Being and Unity«, in The Arabic, Hebrew and Latin Reception of Avicenna’s Metaphysics, ed. Dag Hasse and Amos Bertolacci, Walter de Gruyter, 2011, pp.51-96

• »Plato's Soteriology?«, in Philosophy and Salvation in Greek Religion, ed. Vishwa Adluri, Walter de Gruyter, 2013, pp.191-216

• »Self-Motion and Reflection: Hermias and Proclus on the Harmony of Plato and Aristotle on the Soul«, in Neoplatonism and the Philosophy of Nature, ed. James Wilberding and Christoph Horn, OUP, 2012, pp.44-67

•  »Metaphysics A7-A8 989a18: Critique of Earlier Philosophers on the Good and the Causes«, in Aristotle's Metaphysics Alpha (Proceedings of the XVIIIth Symposium Aristotelicum), ed. Carlos Steel, OUP, 2012, pp.201-224

• »Aristotle's Theology«, in the Oxford Handbook of Aristotle, ed. Christopher Shields, OUP, 2012, pp.422-464

• »La sagesse comme science des quatre causes?", translated by Louis-André Dorion, in Aristote: Physique et Métaphysique, ed. Maddalena Bonelli, Vrin, 2012, pp.39-68

• »Avicenna's Metaphysics«, in Interpreting Avicenna, ed. Peter Adamson, CUP, 2013, pp.143-169

• »Yaḥyâ ibn ‛Adî, On the four Scientific Questions Concerning the Three Kinds of Existence, introduction, edition, translation and notes«, with Robert Wisnovsky, Mélanges de l´Institut Dominicain d´Études Orientales 29 (2012), pp.73-96

• »The Desire for God and the Aporetic Method in Augustine's Confessions«, in Augustine's Confessions: Philosophy in Autobiography, ed. William Mann, OUP, 2014, pp.71-107

• »Democritus, Aristotle, and the Problemata«, in The Aristotelian Problemata: Philosophical and Scientific Investigations, ed. Robert Mayhew, Brill, 2015, pp.10-35

• »How Archytas Doubled the Cube«, in The Frontiers of Ancient Science: Essays in Honor of Heinrich von Staden, ed. Klaus-Dietrich Fischer and Brooke Holmes, Walter de Gruyter, 2015, pp.407-35

• »Yaḥyâ and Ibrâhîm ibn ‛Adî, On Whether Body is a Substance or a Quantity, introduction, edition, translation and notes«, with Robert Wisnovsky, Arabic Sciences and Philosophy, 27 (2017), 1-74

• »On the Title of Porphyry's Categories Commentary Πρὸς Γεδάλειον«, Phronesis 62 (2017), 355-62

• »Andronicus and Boethus: Reflections on Michael Griffin's Aristotle's Categories in the Early Roman Empire«, Documenti e Studi sulla Tradizione Filosofica Medievale, 2018, pp.13-43

• »Eudoxus' Theory of Proportion and his Method of Exhaustion«, in Logic, Philosophy of Mathematics, and their History: Essays in Honor of W.W. Tait, edited by Erich Reck, College Publications, 2018, pp.185-230

• »Physics I,1: the Path to the Principles«, in Aristotle's Physics Alpha: Symposium Aristotelicum, edited by Katerina Ierodiakonou, Paul Kalligas, and Vassilis Karasmanis, OUP, 2019, pp.19-52

• »On the Digression in the Theaetetus«, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, v.57, Winter 2019, dedicated to John Cooper, pp.65-120

• »From De Anima III,4 to De Anima III,5«, in Aristote et l'âme humaine. Lectures de De Anima III offertes à Michel Crubellier, edited by Gweltaz Guyomarc'h, Claire Louguet, and Charlotte Murgier, Peeters, 2020, pp.95-155

• »Aristotle on the Many Senses of Being«, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, v.59, Winter 2020, pp.187-263

• »Al-Fârâbî: Metaphysics«, online in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2021,