ΦΥΣΙΣ: The Study of Nature in the Premodern World

ΦΥΣΙΣ (Physis, the Greek word for "nature") is a cross-department group of faculty with interests in the study of nature before 1600. Faculty in ΦΥΣΙΣ advise students who are pursuing Ph.D. or Master's programs in HPS, History, Philosophy, Theology, Medieval Studies, Classics, and English, and offer regular graduate courses in all of these programs. The current faculty in ΦΥΣΙΣ are:

Graduate courses taught recently by members of the ΦΥΣΙΣ group include:

  • Plato's Timaeus
  • Aristotle's Physics
  • Ancient and Medieval Notions of the Self
  • Topics in Late-Antique Natural Philosophy
  • Magic, Causation, and Scientific Explanation
  • Demonology in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
  • Neoplatonic Controversies in the Fifteenth Century
  • Science and Philosophy in the Ancient Near East
  • Mind and Mental Acts in the 13th and 14th Centuries

ΦΥΣΙΣ works closely with the Workshop in Ancient Philosophy and the History of Philosophy Forum.

For more details about graduate study with ΦΥΣΙΣ through any of our cooperating graduate programs, please contact Robert Goulding.