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Mariska Leunissen
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  1. Explanation and Teleology in Aristotle's Science of Nature.Mariska Leunissen - 2010 - Cambridge University Press.
    In Aristotle's teleological view of the world, natural things come to be and are present for the sake of some function or end. Whereas much of recent scholarship has focused on uncovering the 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 (...)
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  2. From Natural Character to Moral Virtue in Aristotle.Mariska Leunissen - 2017 - Oup Usa.
    This book discusses Aristotle's biological views about 'natural character traits' and their importance for moral development. It provides a new, comprehensive account of the physiological underpinnings of moral development and shows that the biological account of natural character provides the conceptual and ideological foundation for Aristotle's ethical views about habituation.
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  3. The Structure of Teleological Explanations in Aristotle: Theory and Practice.Mariska Leunissen - 2007 - Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 33:145-178.
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    Aristotle on Natural Character and Its Implications for Moral Development.Mariska Leunissen - 2012 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 50 (4):507-530.
  5. Nature as a Good Housekeeper. Secondary Teleology and Material Necessity in Aristotle’s Biology.Mariska Leunissen - 2010 - Apeiron 43 (4):117-142.
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    Interpreting Aristotle's Posterior Analytics in Late Antiquity and Beyond.Frans A. J. de Haas, Mariska Leunissen & Marije Martijn (eds.) - 2010 - Brill.
    This volume collects Late Ancient, Byzantine and Medieval appropriations of Aristotle's Posterior Analytics, addressing the logic of inquiry, concept formation, the question whether metaphysics is a science, and the theory of demonstration.
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  7. ‘What’s Teleology Got To Do With It?’ A Reinterpretation of Aristotle’s Generation of Animals V.Mariska Leunissen & Allan Gotthelf - 2010 - Phronesis 55 (4):325-356.
    Despite the renewed interest in Aristotle’s Generation of Animals in recent years, the subject matter of GA V, its preferred mode(s) of explanation, and its place in the treatise as a whole remain misunderstood. Scholars focus on GA I-IV, which explain animal generation in terms of efficient-final causation, but dismiss GA V as a mere appendix, thinking it to concern (a) individual, accidental differences among animals, which are (b) purely materially necessitated, and (c) are only tangentially related to the topics (...)
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    Commentary on Henry.Mariska Leunissen - 2014 - Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 29 (1):170-181.
    In this paper, I offer three suggestions regarding the role of Aristotle’s concept of analogy in biology as alternatives to the views defended by Devin Henry. First, I argue that the concept of analogy in Aristotle’s biological treatises points to a similarity in capacity between parts. Second, that it is mostly of methodological importance for the practice of explanation rather than for the practice of classification. And finally, that it is used with regard to parts that are visibly different and (...)
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  9. Aristotle's Syllogistic Model of Knowledge and the Biological Sciences: Demonstrating Natural Processes.Mariska Leunissen - 2010 - Apeiron 43 (2-3):31-60.
  10. Crafting Natures: Aristotle on Animal Design.Mariska Leunissen - forthcoming - In Georges Dicker (ed.), The Annual Proceedings of the Center for Philosophic Exchange, SUNY Brockport.
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    Why Stars Have No Feet: Explanation and Teleology in Aristotle's Cosmology.Mariska Empj Leunissen - 2009 - In A. C. Bowen & C. Wildberg (eds.), New Perspectives on Aristotle’s de Caelo. Brill. pp. 215.
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    'Becoming Good Starts with Nature': Aristotle on the Moral Advantages and the Heritability of Good Natural Character.Mariska Leunissen - 2013 - Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 44:99.
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    "Crafting Natures": Aristotle on Animal Design.Mariska Leunissen - 2011 - Philosophic Exchange 41 (1).
    It is a commonplace in Aristotelian scholarship that the forms of living beings and the animal species to which they give rise are “fixed.” However, Aristotle’s biological works often stress the flexibility of nature during the development of animals. The purpose of this paper is twofold: first, to delineate the range of flexibility that Aristotle takes natures to have in the design of animals; and second, to draw out the implications of this for Aristotle’s embryology and theory of natural teleology.
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    Book Reviews. [REVIEW]Jessica Carter, Jussi Haukioja, Mariska E. M. P. J. Leunissen & Brendan Larvor - 2007 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 21 (2):213 – 225.
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    Aristotle's Empiricism: Experience and Mechanics in the 4th Century BC by Jean De Groot.Mariska Leunissen - 2016 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 54 (3):498-499.
    While Aristotle is mostly famous as the father of natural teleology, De Groot sets out to offer us a picture of the “other,” hitherto neglected Aristotle, whose natural science is thoroughly influenced by mechanistic procedures and ideas. Her monograph is impressive: it provides a wealth of detailed and philosophically rich discussions of sometimes overlooked Aristotelian texts, diagrams, and tables that help visualize the often technical materials she discusses, and bold and original claims that will perhaps not convince everyone, but that (...)
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  16. Aristotle's Physics: A Critical Guide.Mariska Leunissen (ed.) - 2015 - Cambridge University Press.
    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 (...)
     
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  17. Biology and Teleology in Aristotle’s Account of the City.Mariska Leunissen - forthcoming - In Julius Rocca (ed.), Teleology in the Ancient World: The Dispensation of Nature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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    Comments on Malink's Aristotle's Modal Syllogistic.Mariska Leunissen - 2015 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 90 (3):733-741.
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    Naturgesetz in der Vorstellung der Antike, Besonders der Stoa: Eine Begriffsuntersuchung. [REVIEW]Mariska Leunissen - 2011 - Isis 102:552-553.
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    Reading Aristotle: Physics VII. 3." What is Alteration?" Proceedings of the International ESAP-HYELE Conference Reading Aristotle: Physics VII. 3." What is Alteration?" Proceedings of the International ESAP-HYELE Conference Ed. By Stephano Maso, Carlo Natali, and Gerhard Seel (Review). [REVIEW]Mariska Leunissen - 2013 - American Journal of Philology 134 (1):155-159.
    As the editors of this excellent little volume point out from the outset, Aristotle’s Physics VII.3 is a curious, difficult, and—sadly—mostly neglected chapter. On the one hand, the chapter discusses quite important matters. Offering one of the lengthiest discussions of qualitative change in the Aristotelian corpus, it starts out by restricting this type of change—not to changes in any of the four types of quality Aristotle had distinguished in Categories 8—but to change in perceptual qualities only . It then proceeds (...)
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  21. Surrogate Principles and the Natural Order of Exposition in Aristotle’s De Caelo II.Mariska Leunissen - forthcoming - In R. Polansky & W. Wians (eds.), Reading Aristotle: Argument and Exposition in the Corpus Aristotelicum.
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    The Politics - Swanson, Corbin Aristotle's Politics. A Reader's Guide. Pp. X + 168. London and New York: Continuum, 2009. Paper, £14.99 . ISBN: 978-0-8264-8499-4. [REVIEW]Mariska Leunissen - 2010 - The Classical Review 60 (2):375-376.
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    Wolfgang Kullmann. Naturgesetz in der Vorstellung der Antike, besonders der Stoa: Eine Begriffsuntersuchung. 189 pp., bibl., indexes. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2010. [REVIEW]Mariska Leunissen - 2011 - Isis 102 (3):552-553.
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  24. Why Stars Have No Feet. Teleological Explanations in Aristotle’s Cosmology.Mariska Leunissen - 2009 - In A. C. Bowen & C. Wildberg (eds.), New Perspectives on Aristotle’s De Caelo. Brill.
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