Physis: The Study of Nature in the Pre-modern World

Physis (ΦΥΣΙΣ, the Greek word for "nature") is a cross-department group of faculty with interests in the study of nature before 1600. Faculty in Physis 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 Physis are:

Graduate courses taught recently by members of the Physis 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

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

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

  1. David Cory

    David Cory

    Assistant Teaching Professor, Philosophy

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    Therese Cory

    Associate Professor, Philosophy

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    Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

    William P. Reynolds Professor of History

  4. Robert Goulding

    Robert Goulding

    Associate Professor, Program of Liberal Studies

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    Michelle Karnes

    Professor, English

  6. Sean Kelsey

    Sean Kelsey

    Professor, Philosophy

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    Mahan Mirza

    Teaching Professor, Ansari-Global Engagement w Religion

  8. Andrew Radde Gallwitz

    Andrew Radde-Gallwitz

    Concurrent Professor, Theology

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    Evan Ragland

    Associate Professor, History

  10. Gretchen Reydams Schils1

    Gretchen Reydams-Schils

    Professor, Program of Liberal Studies

  11. Denis Robichaud

    Denis Robichaud

    Concurrent Associate Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures

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    Abraham Winitzer

    Associate Professor, Theology