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Durham University

The Department of Philosophy


Professor Anna Marmodoro, PhD

Professor/DPGR in the Department of Philosophy

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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 Groups

Research Interests

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

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Selected 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)
  • 2016: Double Hylomorphism in Late Antique Metaphysics. Funded by the John Fell Fund (University of Oxford). PI: AM. Grant value: £7,186.
  • 2014: The Metaphysics of Entanglement. Funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation. PI: AM. Grant value: £839,000.
  • 2011: Power Structuralism in Ancient Philosophy. Funded by European Research Council Starting Grant award. PI: AM. Grant value: €1,3 million.
  • 2008: Causal Powers in Aristotle's Philosophy of Mind. British Academy Post-doctoral Fellowship award of the value: £235,000.
  • 2008: Incarnation by Embodiment: Christ as the 'external vehicle' of God's mental contents. Funded by a Leverhulme Trust Project Grant. Co-investigators: AM and Prof Tim Bayne. Grant value: £33,000.