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Stephen Menn

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Email: stephen [dot] menn [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Stephen Menn)
Tel.: 514-398-4400 x094720
Office: LEA 921
Office hours: Thurs. 2-4 p.m.


M.A (Mathematics), Johns Hopkins University, 1982

M.A. (Philosophy), Chicago, 1984

PhD. (Mathematics), Johns Hopkins University, 1985

PhD. (Philosophy), Chicago, 1989

Teaching and Research Areas

Ancient Philosophy (Plato, Aristotle, Stoicism, neo-Platonism)
Medieval Philosophy (Western and Islamic)
History and Philosophy of Mathematics

Selected Publications

Plato on God as Nous, published by Southern Illinois University Press for the Journal of the History of Philosophy Monograph Series, 1995; reissued by St. Augustine's Press, 2002.

Descartes and Augustine, Cambridge University Press, 1998; revised paperback edition, 2002.

'Aristotle and Plato on God as Noûs and as the Good', Review of Metaphysics 45, 1992.

'The Problem of the Third Meditation', American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Autumn 1993.

'Metaphysics, Dialectic, and the Categories', Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale 100, n.3, July-September 1995.

'Physics as a Virtue' (with comments by Martha Nussbaum), in Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy 11.

'Suarez, Nominalism, and Modes', in Hispanic Philosophy in the Age of Discovery, ed. Kevin White, Catholic University of America Press, 1997.

'The Intellectual Setting [of Seventeenth-Century Philosophy],' in The Cambridge History of Seventeenth-Century Philosophy, edd. Daniel Garber and Michael Ayers, 1997.

'Collecting the Letters,' Phronesis, 43, n.4, November 1998.

'The Stoic Theory of Categories,' in Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, 17, 1999.

'Plotinus on the Identity of Knowledge with its Object,' Apeiron, 34, n.3, September 2001

'Metaphysics Z10-16 and the Argument-Structure of Metaphysics Z,' Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, 21, Winter 2001.

'Aristotle's Definition of Soul and the Programme of the De Anima,' Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, 22, Summer 2002.

'Plato and the Method of Analysis,' Phronesis, 47, n.3, June 2002.

'The Discourse on the Method and the Tradition of Intellectual Autobiography,' in Hellenistic and Early Modern Philosophy, edd. Jon Miller and Brad Inwood, Cambridge University Press, 2003.

'God and Being,' in The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Philosophy, ed. A.S. McGrade, 2003.

Major Current Projects

I am currently completing a book-manuscript entitled The Aim and the Argument of Aristotle's Metaphysics. I am also revising a draft of a book called Feuerbach's Theorem: an Essay on Euclidean and Algebraic Geometry, and am working, with Calvin Normore of UCLA, on a book to be called Nominalism and Realism, from Boethius to Hobbes.