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Mark Sentesy

Mark Sentesy

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

247 Sparks Building University Park , PA 16802 Office Phone: (814) 865-1674


  1. PhD, Boston College. Dissertation:Aristotle:Movement and the Structure of Being



  • “On the Many Senses of Potency According to Aristotle” in Sources of Desire: Essays on Aristotle’s Theoretical Works, ed. James Oldfield, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2012.
  • “How Technology Changes Our Idea of the Good” in Eth-ICTs: Ethics and the New Information and Communication Technologies, eds. Paul Laverdure and Melchior Mbonimpa. Sudbury: University of Sudbury, 2011.
  • “Aristotle’s Rational and Political Cosmopolitanism,” review of Baracchi, Aristotle’s Ethics as First Philosophy, in Research in Phenomenology 39 (2009) 441-474.


  • Editor, with Jon Burmeister, On Language: Analytic, Continental, and Historical Contributions, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2007.


  • Translation of Jean-Luc Nancy, “Fantastic Phenomenon” for Research in Phenomenology, 41:2 (2011), 228-237.
  • Translation of Frederic Worms, “Consciousness or Life? Bergson Between Phenomenology and Metaphysics,” in Bergson and Phenomenology, ed. M. Kelly. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010. 245-257.

Recent Courses:

PHIL 106: Business Ethics
PHIL 118H: Introduction to Environmental Philosophy
PHIL 200: Introduction to Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 403: Environmental Ethics
PHIL 453: Ancient Philosophy (Desire, Truth, Memory)
PHIL 553: Ancient Philosophy (Aristotle)

Student Testimonial

“The Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies is an incredibly helpful community of individuals who love to learn. The faculty members of this department are very thoughtful and provide invaluable assistance to otherwise confused undergraduates. (...)
The smaller department size allows students to establish relationships with faculty and to establish a community in a school that might otherwise seem dauntingly large. The Classics and the study of the ancient Mediterranean world are strong at Penn State. For a school that prides itself on cutting-edge research and applied sciences, Penn State is a superb promoter of the Humanities. This support allows the CAMS department to recruit world-class faculty, provide generous funding and aid to undergraduates, and establish resources for research. The structure of the department was a perfect fit for me and allowed me to explore a wide-range of subjects related to my interests. In my four years in the program, I strengthened my Latin and Greek and was also able to study Egyptian Hieroglyphs and Sumerian. I now look forward to continuing my training in philology as I pursue graduate study.”

Timothy W. Dooley
2011 CAMS graduate

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