Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Philosophie der Antike und Gegenwart

Prof. Dr. Dr. Stephen Menn



Hannoversche Strasse 6, Raum 1.24

10115 Berlin


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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

• »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