Anna Marmodoro Oxford University
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  • PhD, University of Edinburgh, 2006.

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Some concepts run through all aeons and conceptual schemes, puzzling us and challenging us every step of the way. Structure is one of them; power is another. Both these concepts have occupied my research across ancient and contemporary metaphysics, across the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of religion, with Neo-Aristotelian approach to ontology. In metaphysics, I am particularly interested in questions concerning fundamentality; composition; the nature of properties, dispositions, relations; the metaphysics of substance; and causation. I have also explored these topics also in Anaxagoras, Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Gregory of Nyssa, and Thomas Aquinas.
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    Anna Marmodoro & Irini-Fotini Viltanioti (eds.) (2017). Divine Powers in Late Antiquity. Oxford University Press Uk.
    Is power the essence of divinity, or are divine powers distinct from divine essence? Are they divine hypostases or are they divine attributes? Are powers such as omnipotence, omniscience, etc. modes of divine activity? How do they manifest? In which way can we apprehend them? Is there a multiplicity of gods whose powers fill the cosmos or is there only one God from whom all power(s) derive(s) and whose power(s) permeate(s) everything? These are questions that become central to philosophical and (...)
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    Anna Marmodoro (2016). Dispositional Modality Vis‐À‐Vis Conditional Necessity. Philosophical Investigations 39 (3):205-214.
    There is an ongoing debate in the metaphysics of dispositions regarding which type of modality governs their manifestation. This paper assumes as its default position the view that dispositions manifest by conditional necessity; that is, when in appropriate circumstances dispositions manifest necessarily. From this standpoint, the paper engages critically with an existing alternative in the literature, put forward most prominently by Mumford and Anjum, and known as dispositional modality. According to this latter view, even when in appropriate manifestation conditions, dispositions (...)
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  3. Anna Marmodoro (2016). Empedocles’s Metaphysics. Rhizomata 4 (1):1-4.
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    Anna Marmodoro & Ben Page (2016). Aquinas on Forms, Substances and Artifacts. Vivarium 54 (1):1-21.
    _ Source: _Volume 54, Issue 1, pp 1 - 21 Thomas Aquinas sees a sharp metaphysical distinction between artifacts and substances, but does not offer any explicit account of it. We argue that for Aquinas the contribution that an artisan makes to the generation of an artifact compromises the causal responsibility of the form of that artifact for what the artifact is; hence it compromises the metaphysical unity of the artifact to that of an accidental unity. By contrast, the metaphysical (...)
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  5. Anna Marmodoro & David Yates (eds.) (2016). The Metaphysics of Relations. Oxford University Press Uk.
    Fifteen philosophers offer new essays exploring the metaphysics of relations from antiquity to the present day. They address topics as diverse as ancient and medieval reasons for scepticism about polyadic properties; recent attempts to reduce causal and spatiotemporal relations; recent work on the directionality of relational properties; powers ontologies and their associated problems; whether the most promising interpretations of quantum mechanics posit a fundamentally relational world; and whether the very idea of such a world is coherent. From those who question (...)
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    Anna Marmodoro (2015). Anaxagoras’s Qualitative Gunk. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 23 (3):402-422.
    Are there atoms in the constitution of things? Or is everything made of atomless ‘gunk’ whose proper parts have proper parts? Anaxagoras is the first gunk lover in the history of metaphysics. For him gunk is not only a theoretical possibility that cannot be ruled out in principle. Rather, it is a view that follows cogently from his metaphysical analysis of the physical world of our experience. What is distinctive about Anaxagoras’s take on gunk is not only what motives the (...)
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    Anna Marmodoro (2015). Introduction: The Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics. Topoi 34 (2):309-311.
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  8. Anna Marmodoro & Brian D. Prince (eds.) (2015). Causation and Creation in Late Antiquity. Cambridge University Press.
    Written by a group of leading scholars, this unique collection of essays investigates the views of both pagan and Christian philosophers on causation and the creation of the cosmos. Structured in two parts, the volume first looks at divine agency and how late antique thinkers, including the Stoics, Plotinus, Porphyry, Simplicius, Philoponus and Gregory of Nyssa, tackled questions such as: is the cosmos eternal? Did it come from nothing or from something pre-existing? How was it caused to come into existence? (...)
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    Anna Marmodoro (2014). Aristotle on Perceiving Objects. OUP Usa.
    How can we explain the structure of perceptual experience? What is it that we perceive? How is it that we perceive objects and not disjoint arrays of properties? By which sense or senses do we perceive objects? This book investigates Aristotle's views on these and related questions.
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    Anna Marmodoro (2014). Causing Health and Disease: Medical Powers in Classical and Late Antiquity. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 22 (5):861-866.
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    Anna Marmodoro (2014). The Powers of Aristotle's Soul. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 22 (1):174-178.
  12. Anna Marmodoro (2013). Aristotle's Hylomorphism Without Reconditioning. Philosophical Inquiry 37 (1-2):5-22.
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    Anna Marmodoro (2013). Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671, by Robert Pasnau: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, Pp. Xiv+ 796,£ 80 (Hardback). [REVIEW] Australasian Journal of Philosophy 91 (2):416-419.
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    Anna Marmodoro (2013). Producing, Composing or Passing Around Powers. [REVIEW] Metascience 22 (3):545-559.
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    Anna Marmodoro (ed.) (2013). The Metaphysics of Powers: Their Grounding and Their Manifestations. Routledge.
    This volume is a collection of papers that advance our understanding of the metaphysics of powers — properties such as fragility and electric charge. The metaphysics of powers is a fast developing research field with fundamental questions at the forefront of current research, such as Can there be a world of only powers? What is the manifestation of a power? Are powers and their manifestations related by necessity? What are the prospects for dispositional accounts of causation? The papers focus on (...)
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    Anna Marmodoro & Jonathan Hill (eds.) (2013). The Author's Voice in Classical and Late Antiquity. OUP Oxford.
    This volume focuses on the authorial voice in antiquity, exploring the different ways in which authors presented and projected various personas. In particular, it questions authority and ascription in relation to the authorial voice, and considers how later readers and authors may have understood the authority of a text's author.
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  17. Jennifer McKitrick, Anna Marmodoro, Stephen Mumford & Rani Lill Anjum (2013). Causes as Powers. [REVIEW] Metascience 22 (3):545-559.
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    Anna Marmodoro (2012). Aristotle on Causation Fronterotta La Scienza E le Cause a Partire Dalla Metafisica di Aristotele. Pp. 457. Naples: Bibliopolis, 2010. Paper, €50. ISBN: 978-88-7088-582-8. [REVIEW] The Classical Review 62 (2):418-420.
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  19. Anna Marmodoro (2012). Potenza, Materia E Forma Nella Metafisica di Aristotele. Philosophical News 5.
    In this paper I investigate Aristotle’s power ontology, and of it argue for a new interpretation of his hylemorphism and theory of the four causes.
     
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    Anna Marmodoro (2012). Powers of the Mind: Contemporary Questions and Ancient Answers. Topoi 31 (2):135-136.
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    A. Marmodoro (2011). Doing and Being: An Interpretation of Aristotle's Metaphysics Theta, by Jonathan Beere. [REVIEW] Mind 119 (476):1138-1141.
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    Anna Marmodoro (2011). L’Essere del Pensiero. Saggi sulla Filosofia di Plotino. [REVIEW] International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 5 (2):335-338.
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    Anna Marmodoro (2011). Moral Character Versus Situations: An Aristotelian Contribution to the Debate. Journal of Ancient Philosophy 5 (2).
    In everyday life we assume substantial behavioural reliability in others, and on the basis of it we talk of people as acting “in character” and “out of character”. This common assumption seems intuitively well founded. But recent experiments in social psychology have generated philosophical controversy around it. In the context of this debate, John Doris challenges Aristotle’s well known and influential view that people’s behavioural reliability with respect to acting virtuously is underpinned by character traits, understood as settled and integrated (...)
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    Anna Marmodoro (2011). The 'Common Sense' in Aristotle's Theory of Perception. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 83 (1):234-237.
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    Anna Marmodoro (ed.) (2011). The Extended Mind in Ontological Entanglements. OUP.
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    Anna Marmodoro & Jonathan Hill (eds.) (2011). The Metaphysics of the Incarnation. Oxford University Press, USA.
    This book offers original essays by leading philosophers of religion representing these new approaches to theological problems such as incarnation.
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    Anna Marmodoro (2010). Composition Models of the Incarnation: Unity and Unifying Relations. Religious Studies 46 (4):469 - 488.
    In this paper we investigate composition models of incarnation, according to which Christ is a compound of qualitatively and numerically different constituents. We focus on three-part models, according to which Christ is composed of a divine mind, a human mind, and a human body. We consider four possible relational structures that the three components could form. We argue that a ’hierarchy of natures’ model, in which the human mind and body are united to each other in the normal way, and (...)
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    Anna Marmodoro (2010). Do Powers Need Powers to Make Them Powerful? From Pandispositionalism to Aristotle. In History of Philosophy Quarterly. Routledge 337 - 352.
    Do powers have powers? More urgently, do powers need further powers to do what powers do? Stathis Psillos says they do. He finds this a fatal flaw in the nature of pure powers: pure powers have a regressive nature. Their nature is incoherent to us, and they should not be admitted into the ontology. I argue that pure powers do not need further powers; rather, they do what they do because they are powers. I show that at the heart of (...)
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    Anna Marmodoro (ed.) (2010). The Metaphysics of Powers: Their Grounding and Their Manifestations. Routledge.
    This volume is a collection of papers that advance our understanding of the metaphysics of powers — properties such as fragility and electric charge. The metaphysics of powers is a fast developing research field with fundamental questions at the forefront of current research, such as Can there be a world of only powers? What is the manifestation of a power? Are powers and their manifestations related by necessity? What are the prospects for dispositional accounts of causation? The papers focus on (...)
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    Anna Marmodoro & Jonathan Hill (2010). Peter Abelard's Metaphysics of the Incarnation. Philosophy and Theology 22 (1-2):27 - 48.
    In this paper, we examine Abelard’s model of the incarnation and place it within the wider context of his views in metaphysics and logic. In particular, we consider whether Abelard has the resources to solve the major difficulties faced by the so-called "compositional models" of the incarnation, such as his own. These difficulties include: the requirement to account for Christ’s unity as a single person, despite being composed of two concrete particulars; the requirement to allow that Christ is identical with (...)
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  31. Anna Marmodoro (2008). In Being One Only One? The Argument for the Uniqueness of the Platonic Forms. Apeiron (4):211-227.
    ‘Is being one only one? – The Argument for the Uniqueness of Platonic Forms’ Abstract: Each Form is unique in number; no two numerically distinct Forms can share the same nature. Plato argues for this claim in Republic X. I identify the metaphysical principles Plato presupposes in the premises of the argument, by examining the reasoning behind them, and offer a reconstruction of the argument showing the principles in use. I argue that the metaphysical significance of the argument’s conclusion is (...)
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    Anna Marmodoro (2008). Is Being One Only One? The Uniqueness of Platonic Forms. Apeiron 41 (4):211-228.
    I am interested in examining the reasoning of Plato’s extremely condensed argument in Republic X for the uniqueness of Forms. I will explore the metaphysical principles and assumptions that are supplied in the text, or need to be presupposed in order to understand the reasoning in the argument. Further, I will reflect on the truth and philosophical significance of its conclusion.
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    Anna Marmodoro & Jonathan Hill (2008). Modeling the Metaphysics of the Incarnation. Philosophy and Theology 20 (1-2):99 - 128.
    What metaphysics can plausibly back up the claim that God became incarnate? In this essay we investigate the main kinds of models of incarnation that have been historically proposed. We highlight the philosophical assumptions in each model, and on this basis offer novel ways of grouping them as metaphysical rather than doctrinal positions. We examine strengths and weaknesses of the models, and argue that ’composition models’ offer the most promising way forward to account for the pivotal Christian belief that, in (...)
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    Anna Marmodoro (2007). The Union of Cause and Effect in Aristotle: Physics III 3. Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 32:205-232.
    ‘The Union of Cause and Effect in Aristotle : Physics III 3’, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, 32, pp. 205-232, May 2007.: I argue that Aristotle introduced a unique realist account of causation, which has not hitherto been appreciated in the history of philosophy: causal realism without a causal relation. In his account, cause and effect are unified by the ectopic actualization of the agent’s potentiality in the patient. His solution consists in the introduction of a property that belongs to (...)
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    Anna Marmodoro (2006). It's a Colorful World. American Philosophical Quarterly 43 (1):71 - 80.
    Abstract: I defend the intuition that the phenomenology of our experience is right in attributing the colors we see to objects; but although colors are properties of objects, they are constitutively dependent on the perceiver’s experiences. I offer a metaphysical account for this primitivist intuition, in response to David Chalmers’ arguments against it, drawing inspiration from Aristotle’s theory of causation.
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  36. Anna Marmodoro (2001). «Metaphysica V 7»: Diverse Soluzioni Esegetiche A Confronto. Documenti E Studi Sulla Tradizione Filosofica Medievale 12:1-59.
    L'A. offre l'analisi del libro D della Metafisica mettendo a confronto l'impostazione esegetica dei commentatori moderni con quelli medievali, in particolare è presa in esame la Lectura super librum Metaphysicorum di Paolo Veneto tradita dai mss. Pavia, BU, Aldini 324 e Casale Monferrato, Seminario Vescovile, I.a.3-6. Dopo aver analizzato le due principali linee interpretative della nozione di Essere negli esegeti moderni e la molteplicità dei suoi significati nel corpus aristotelico, l'A. passa ad esaminare in maniera specifica la soluzione interpretativa proposta (...)
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  37. Anna Marmodoro (2000). La nozione aristotelica di 'per sé' e la tradizione esegetica. Documenti E Studi Sulla Tradizione Filosofica Medievale 11:1-34.
    Abstract: I examine the different classifications of the various senses of per se which Aristotle offers in his logical works and in his Metaphysics, and propose an original account of them explaining their interrelations.
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