Abstracts and Presenters

Julia Annas

e-mail: jannas@u.arizona.edu

Julia Annas is currently a Regents Professor at the University of Arizona. Her Ph.D. is from Harvard, and she specializes in many areas of Ancient Greek Philosophy. These include ethics, epistemology, and psychology, but she is currently focusing on Platonic Ethics.

Professor Annas is both founder and former editor of the journal, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy . Her books include Aristotle's Metaphysics M and N, a translation from the Greek with both an introductory essay and philosophical commentary, An Introduction to Plato's Republic, Hellenistic Philosophy of Mind, The Morality of Happiness, Ancient Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction, Plato: A Very Short Introduction, and Platonic Ethics, Old and New. She edited The Modes of Scepticism and Sextus Empiricus, Outlines of Scepticism , both with Jonathan Barnes . She also edited Plato's Statesman, with Robin Waterfield, Cicero, with Raphael Woolf, and Voices of Ancient Philosophy .

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Victor Caston

e-mail: vcaston@umich.edu

Victor Caston has taught at Brown and at the University of California, Davis. He is currently Professor of Philosophy and Classical Studies at the University of Michigan. Professor Caston is mainly interested in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy, particularly, in the Philosophy of Mind and Metaphysics. He is also interested in Medieval Philosophy and Austrian Philosophy, and he is currently writing on the problem of intentionality in Ancient Philosophy for Cambridge University Press. Professor Caston has been a recipient of fellowships from the NEH, The ACLS (the Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship), the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and the Center for Hellenic Studies.

Professor Caston's articles include "Aristotle and the Problem of Intentionality", in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 58, 1998, 249-98, and "The Spirit and the Letter: Reading Aristotle on Perception", in Proceedings and Adresses , Feb., 2003 (Vol. 76, Issue 4). In the latter work, Professor Caston argues that, even though Aristotle's theory of perception is usually interpreted in two ways, there is, nevertheless a third interpretive option that we should consider. The literalists hold that, for Aristotle, the sense organ suffers a radical change during perception and acquires the quality of the thing perceived. The spiritualists hold that there is no such radical change. For Caston, these interpretations are not exhaustive, and he suggests a view that may be called "mild literalism": There is a physical change in the sense organ, as the literalists hold, but the sense organ does not acquire the same quality as the object of perception.

Here are the most recent, plus some of the more interesting older papers:

"Aristotle's Psychology." In Mary Louise Gill and Pierre Pellegrin (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Ancient Philosophy , 31646. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2006.

"The Spirit and the Letter: Aristotle on Perception." In Ricardo Salles (ed.), Metaphysics, Soul, and Ethics: Themes from the work of Richard Sorabji , 245320. Oxford: Oxford University Press,2005.

"Intentionality in Ancient Greek Philosophy." The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy . <http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/intentionality-ancient> .

"Aristotle on Consciousness." Mind 111 (2002), 751815.

"Something and Nothing: The Stoics on Concepts and Universals." Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 17 (1999), 145213.

"Epiphenomenalisms, Ancient and Modern." The Philosophical Review 106 (1997), 30963.


Don Garrett

  e-mail: don.garrett@nyu.edu

Don Garrett obtained his Ph. D. from Yale, specializes in Early Modern Philosophy, and is currently teaching at NYU. He went to NYU in 2003 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence. Professor Garrett wrote Cognition and Commitment in Hume's Philosophy (1997), edited The Cambridge Companion to Spinoza (1996), and co-edited The Encyclopedia of Empiricism (1998). His other publications include "Truth, Method, and Correspondence in Spinoza and Leibniz", in Studia Spinozana (1990), and "Spinoza's Ethical Theory", in the Cambridge Companion to Spinoza, edited by Garrett himself (1996).

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Peter King

e-mail: peter.king@utoronto.ca

Peter King is professor of Philosophy and of Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. He is also the director of the Collaborative Programme in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy.

Professor King has written articles on Anselm, Duns Scotus, Ockham, Abelard, Agustine, Hobbes, and Aquinas, among others. His translations include Duns Scotus' "Treatise on the Common Nature and Individuation", and William of Ockham's "Treatise on Universals".

In his paper, "Duns Scotus on Singular Essences", in Medioevo XXX (2005), King attempts to clarify Scotus' Theory of Singular Essences. A singular essence, unlike a form, is a trait or characteristic that is had by only one individual.

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Edwin McCann

e-mail: mccann@usc.edu

Edwin McCann has a Ph. D. from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California. He has been an Assistant Professor at Harvard and at M.I.T. Professor McCann's research interests are in the History of Modern Philosophy, but he is also interested in Wittgenstein, contemporary Philosophy of Mind, and Action Theory.

The following is a list of what McCann calls his "significant" publications. Jokingly, McCann writes that significance is a relative concept.

The Conditional Analysis of 'Can': Goldman's 'Reductio' of Lehrer", Philosophical Studies 28 (1975): 437-41.

"Skepticism and Kant's B Deduction", History of Philosophy Quarterly 2 (1985): 71-89.

"Lockean Mechanism", in A. Holland, ed. Philosophy, Its History and Historiography (Dordrecht: D. Reidel, 1985), pp. 213-36.

"Cartesian Selves and Lockean Substances", The Monist 69 (1986): 458-482.

"Locke on Identity: Matter, Life, and Consciousness", Archiv fuer Geschichte der Philosophie 69 (1987): 54-77. Reprinted in Vere Chappell, ed. Essays on Early Modern Philosophers Vol. 8: John Locke: Theory of Knowledge (New York: Garland, 1992).

"Locke's Philosophy of Body", a chapter in The Cambridge Companion to Locke ed. Vere Chappell (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), pp. 56-88.

"History: Philosophy of Mind in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries", a chapter in the Blackwell Companion to the Philosophy of Mind ed. Samuel Guttenplan (Oxford: Blackwell, 1994), pp. 338-47.


Calvin Normore

e-mail: normore@humnet.ucla.edu

Calvin Normore obtained his Ph. D. at the University of Toronto and is a Professor of Philosophy at UCLA. He is mainly interested in Medieval Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy, History of Logic, Social and Political Philosophy, and Time.

Professor Normore's publications include "Some Aspects of Ockham's Logic", in P.V. Spade (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Ockham , Cambridge University Press, 1999, "Scotus, Modality, Instants of Nature and the Contingency of the Present", in John Duns Scotus: Metaphysics and Ethics, Leiden, E. J. Brill, 1996, "Picking and Choosing; Anselm and Ockham on Choice", in Vivarium , 36, No. 1 March 1998, pp. 23-39, and "Contemporary Work in the Philosophy of Law", in The Routledge Encyclopedia of Contemporary Philosophy , 1996.



Marleen Rozemond

e-mail: rozemond@utm.toronto.ca.

Marleen Rozemond is a Philosophy Professor at the University of Toronto at Mississauga. Professor Rozemond has a B.A. from the University of Amsterdam, in French Literature and Linguistics, and a Ph. D. from UCLA, in Philosophy.

Research interests : Early Modern Philosophy and its connection to medieval philosophy

Additional interests : Medieval Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Multicultural and Gender Issues, Philosophy of Religion, Leibniz, and Locke.

Book : Descartes's Dualism , Harvard University Press, 1998.

Articles :

"Descartes on Mind-Body Interaction: What's the Problem?", Journal of the History of Philosophy , July 1999.
"Leibniz on the Union of Body and Soul", Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie , 1997.
"The First Meditation and the Senses", British Journal for the History of Philosophy , 1996.
"Descartes's Case for Dualism", The Journal of the History of Philosophy , 1995. Reprinted in The Rationalists: Critical Essays on Descartes, Spinoza and Leibniz , Derk Pereboom ed., Rowman and Littlefield 1999.
"Evans on De Re Thought", Philosophia , 1994.
"The Role of the Intellect in Descartes's Case for the Incorporeity of the Mind", in Essays on the Philosophy and Science of René Descartes , Stephen Voss, ed., Oxford University Press, 1993.

Forthcoming :

"Peach Trees, Spirits and God: Locke on Mechanism", co-authored with Gideon Yaffe, University of Southern California, British Journal for the History of Philosophy .

In Progress :

"Descartes's Ontology of the Eternal Truths"



Allen Wood

e-mail: Allen.Wood@stanford.edu

Allen Wood is a Philosophy Professor at Stanford University. He has a B.A. from Reed College, in Literature and Philosophy, and a Ph. D., in Philosophy, from Yale University. Professor Wood's areas of interest are History of Modern Philosophy (especially German philosophy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries), Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, and Philosophy of Religion

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