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Professor Anna Marmodoro



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Professor/DPGR (ON RESEARCH LEAVE UNTIL 1ST SEPTEMBER 2022) in the Department of Philosophy  


Anna is Full Professor of Philosophy and holds in the department the Chair of Metaphysics (previously E. J. Lowe's). She is concomitantly an Associate Member of the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Oxford.

She took her current position in 2016; previously she worked for a decade at the University of Oxford, after earning her Ph.D. at Edinburgh University in 2006, and her MA (Laurea) at the University of Pisa in 2000. At Oxford she held different academic positions: she was a Departmental Lecturer in Philosophy (2007-08); a Junior Research Fellow (funded by a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2008-11); and an Official Fellow in Philosophy in Corpus Christi College (2011-17). Anna has held visiting positions internationally, in Europe, the U.S. and Australia; during the current academic year she is a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, in Germany.

Anna specializes in two main research areas: on the one hand, metaphysics, and on the other, ancient, late antiquity and medieval philosophy. She has also strong research interests in the philosophy of science and the philosophy of religion. In metaphysics she is particularly interested in questions concerning the nature of properties, dispositions, relations; causation; the metaphysics of substance; composition and structure. In the history of philosophy, she has worked on an eclectic collection of topics, on Anaxagoras, Aristotle, Plato, Plotinus, the Stoics, Gregory of Nyssa, and Thomas Aquinas among others. Anna has published monographs, edited books and journal articles in all these areas. Her latest monograph is Forms and Structure in Plato’s Metaphysics (Oxford University Press, 2022). She is currently working on a new one, on Properties and their instantiation in Anaxagoras, Plato, and Aristotle, under contract with Cambridge University Press. 

She has been directing a large-scale multidisciplinary research group, with funding (in successive stages) from the European Research Council, the Templeton World Charity Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust, and the AHRC.

Anna is also the co-founder and co-editor with Erasmus Mayr of the peer-reviewed journal Dialogoi. Ancient Philosophy Today, published by Edinburgh University Press (2019-), whose distinctive mission is to provide a forum for publication of work in ancient philosophy that bears on contemporary philosophical discussions or vice versa. 

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Office: room 108, 48/9 Old Elvet


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Research interests

  • Metaphysics
  • Ancient, late antiquity and medieval philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Religion

Research groups

Awarded Grants

  • 2018: Part-whole relations within the fundamental potentialities in nature(£297361.00 from Leverhulme Trust)
  • 2017: The reception of Aristotle in Byzantium: the first critical edition of George Pachymeres' Commentary on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics(£13849.00 from AHRC)


Authored book

Chapter in book

Edited book

  • Xenofontos, S & Marmodoro, A (Published). The Reception of Greek Ethics in Late Antiquity and Byzantium. Cambridge University Press.
  • Glick, D Darby, G & Marmodoro, A (Published). The Foundations of Reality: Fundamentality, Space and Time. Oxford University Press.
  • Marmodoro, Anna (2018). Exploring Gregory of Nyssa: philosophical, theological and historical studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Marmodoro, Anna & Cartwright, Sophie (2018). Mind and Body in Late Antiquity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Marmodoro, Anna & Viltanioti, Eirini Fotini (2017). Divine Powers in Late Antiquity. Oxford Oxford University Press.
  • Marmodoro, Anna & Yates, David (2016). The Metaphysics of Relations. Oxford Oxford University Press.
  • Marmodoro, Anna & Prince, Brian (2015). Causation and Creation in Late Antiquity. Cambridge Cambridge University Press.
  • Marmodoro, Anna & Hill, Jonathan (2013). The Author's Voice in Classical and Late Antiquity. Oxford University Press.
  • Marmodoro, Anna (2010). The Metaphysics of Powers: Their Grounding and Their Manifestations. Routledge.

Edited Journal

  • Marmodoro, Anna, Kodaj, Daniel & Pickup, Martin (2018). The Metaphysics of the Trinity. New Directions. Religious Studies, 54 (3): Cambridge University Press.
  • Marmodoro, Anna & Salles, Ricardo (2018). Stoic Metaphysics. Rhizomata. A journal for ancient philosophy and science, 6 (1): De Gruyter.
  • Marmodoro, Anna & Boccacini, Federico (2017). Mental Powers in Early Modern Philosophy. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 25 (3): Routledge.
  • Marmodoro, Anna (2016). Empedocles' Metaphysics. Rhizomata. A journal for ancient philosophy and science, 4 (1).
  • Marmodoro, Anna (2015). The Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics. Topoi. International Review of Philosophy, 34 (2).
  • Marmodoro, Anna (2014). Aristotelian and Contemporary Perspectives on the Mind. Res Philosophica, 91 (2).
  • Marmodoro, Anna (2014). Causing Health and Disease: medical powers in classical and late antiquity. Bristih Journal for the History of Philosophy, 22 (5).
  • Marmodoro, Anna (2012). The Powers of the Mind: contemporary problems and ancient answers. Topoi. International Review of Philosophy, 31 (2).

Journal Article

  • Marmodoro, Anna (2022). Why studying the history of philosophy matters. Think: A Journal of the Royal Institute for Philosophy 21(60): 5-20.
  • Marmodoro, Anna & Grasso, Matteo (2020). The power of color. American Philosophical Quarterly 57(1): 65-78.
  • Marmodoro, Anna (2017). Stoic Blends
. Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy 32(1): 1.
  • Marmodoro, Anna & Page, Ben (2016). Aquinas on Forms, Substances and Artifacts. Vivarium 54(1): 1-21.
  • Marmodoro, Anna (2016). Dispositional modality vis-a-vis conditional necessity. Philosophical Investigations 39(3): 205-214.
  • Marmodoro, Anna (2015). Anaxagoras' Qualitative Gunk. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 23(3): 402-422.
  • Marmodoro, Anna, Murphy, Robin A. & Baker, A. G. (2014). Does the inherence heuristic take us to psychological essentialism? Behavioral and Brain Sciences 37 (05): 494-495.
  • Marmodoro, Anna (2013). Aristotle's hylomorphism without reconditioning. Philosophical Inquiry 37(1): 5-22.
  • Marmodoro, Anna (2011). Aristotle on Complex Perceptual Content. The Metaphysics of the Common Sense. Philosophical Inquiry 34(1-2): 15-65.
  • Marmodoro, Anna (2011). Moral Character versus Situations: an Aristotelian contribution to the debate. Journal of Ancient Philosophy 5(2): 1-24.
  • Marmodoro, Anna & Hill, Jonathan (2011). Peter Abelard's metaphysics of the incarnation. Philosohy and Theology 22(1/2): 27-48.
  • Marmodoro, Anna & Hill, Jonathan (2010). Composition Models of the Incarnation. Philosophy and Theology 20: 469-488.
  • Marmodoro, Anna (2009). Do powers need powers to make them powerful? From Pandispositionalism to Aristotle. History of Philosophy Quarterly 26(4): 337-352.
  • Marmodoro, Anna (2008). Is Being One Only One? The argument for the Uniqueness of Platonic Forms. Apeiron XLI(4): 211-227.
  • Marmodoro, Anna (2007). The Union of Cause and Effect in Aristotle: Physics III 3. Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 32: 205-232.
  • Marmodoro, Anna (2006). It's a colorful world. American Philosophical Quarterly 43(1): 71-80.
  • Marmodoro, Anna (2001). Metaphysica V 7: diverse soluzioni esegetiche a confronto. Documenti e Studi sulla Tradizione Filosofica Medievale XII: 1-61.
  • Marmodoro, Anna (2000). La nozione di per se': una nuova proposta interpretativa. Documenti e Studi sulla Tradizione Filosofica Medievale XI: 1-35.