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Professor Anna Marmodoro



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Professor/DPGR in the Department of Philosophy +44 (0) 191 33 46575


Anna holds the Chair of Metaphysics in the department since 2016. She came to Durham from Oxford, where she was for a decade, during which she held different positions: she was initially 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 received her doctorate from the University of Edinburgh (2006), and her Laurea from the University of Pisa (2000). She has held visiting positions internationally, in Europe, the U.S. and Australia.

Anna specializes in two 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 mind and the philosophy of religion. In metaphysics she is particularly interested in questions concerning fundamentality; composition and structure; the nature of properties, dispositions, relations; the metaphysics of substance; and causation. 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. Anna has published monographs, edited books and journal articles in all these areas. She is currently working on a new monograph, Forms and Structure in Plato’s Metaphysics. 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. She is also the founder and co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal Dialogoi. Ancient Philosophy Today, published by Edinburgh University Press (2019-) 

Contact details

Office: room 108, 48/9 Old Elvet

Office hours: Thursday 10am-1pm or by appointment.


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Research interests

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

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

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Edited book

  • Marmodoro, Anna & Cartwright, Sophie (2018). Mind and Body in Late Antiquity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Marmodoro, Anna (2018). Exploring Gregory of Nyssa: philosophical, theological and historical studies. Oxford: Oxford 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). Causing Health and Disease: medical powers in classical and late antiquity. Bristih Journal for the History of Philosophy, 22 (5).
  • Marmodoro, Anna (2014). Aristotelian and Contemporary Perspectives on the Mind. Res Philosophica, 91 (2).
  • Marmodoro, Anna (2012). The Powers of the Mind: contemporary problems and ancient answers. Topoi. International Review of Philosophy, 31 (2).

Journal Article

  • 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 (2016). Dispositional modality vis-a-vis conditional necessity. Philosophical Investigations 39(3): 205-214.
  • Marmodoro, Anna & Page, Ben (2016). Aquinas on Forms, Substances and Artifacts. Vivarium 54(1): 1-21.
  • 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). 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 (2011). Aristotle on Complex Perceptual Content. The Metaphysics of the Common Sense. Philosophical Inquiry 34(1-2): 15-65.
  • 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.