Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts
Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies


Mark Sentesy

Mark Sentesy

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
247 Sparks Building University Park, PA 16802
Pronouns: He/Him

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)

Education Details:
PhD, Boston College
Dissertation: Aristotle: Movement and the Structure of Being
Books 1. The Ontology of Change in Aristotle, Chicago: Northwestern University Press (2020).

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

Articles 3. “Genesis and The Priority of Energeia in Aristotle’s Metaphysics IX.8” Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy (2019). 43-70.

4. “The Now and the Relation between Motion and Time in Aristotle: A Systematic Reconstruction” Apeiron, 51:3 (2018). 1-45.

5. “Are Potency and Actuality Compatible in Aristotle?” Epoche, 22:2 (2018). 239-270.

6. “The Hermeneutic Problem of Potency and Activity in Aristotle” in The Challenge: Aristotle. Gicheva-Gocheva, Dimka, Ivan Kolev and Haralambi Panicidis (eds.) Sofia: Sofia University Press (2017) 593-614.

7. “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) 63-93.

8. “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) 109-123.

Presentations 1. “Gilgamesh and Ecology” International Association for Environmental Philosophy, Duquesne University, 2019.

2. “Being, Multiplicity, and a Change in the Concept of Difference” Ancient Philosophy Society, 2018.

3. “Aristotle’s Physis in the World of Empedocles” Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, 2017.

4. “Genesis and the Priority of Actuality in Metaphysics IX” and “Aristotle on Motion: Physics III.1-3” Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, Assumption College, 2017.

5. “Potency in Heidegger and Aristotle” Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy, 2017.

6. “How Does the Now Generate Time?” American Philosophical Association: Central Division Conference, Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Kansas, 2017.

7. “Heidegger and Aristotle on Potency” Aristotle and Phenomenology, Leuven, 2016.

8. “Being is Said in Many Ways’ in Aristotle’s Physics I,” World Congress of Philosophy, Athens, 2016.

9. “How Does the Now Generate Time?” World Congress of Philosophy, Athens, 2016, and World Congress: Aristotle 2016, Thessaloniki, 2016.

10. “Plato on Community and Nature,” Ancient Philosophy Society, 2015.

11. “Philosophy and the Struggle Between Poetry and Technē,” for Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Fordham, 2013.

12. “The Compatibility of Dunamis and Energeia,” History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS), Halifax, 2012.

13. “The Terms of the Definition of Movement,” Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Fordham, 2011.

14. “The Source of Movement and the Configuration of Things in the World: An Account of Dynamis in Aristotle” Aristotle: Nature, Logic, Being, the Boston College Philosophy Graduate Student Conference, Boston, 2011.

Mark Sentesy