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Professor Anna Marmodoro

Professor / Director of Research (including Ethics)


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Professor / Director of Research (including Ethics) in the Department of Philosophy105, 51 Old Elvet 


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, 2021). She is currently working on a new one, on Properties in Ancient Metaphysics, 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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Research interests

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

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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)


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  • Xenofontos, S & Marmodoro, A (2021). The Reception of Greek Ethics in Late Antiquity and Byzantium. Cambridge University Press.
  • Glick, D Darby, G & Marmodoro, A (2020). 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.

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