Fellow in Philosophy
Anna was elected Official Fellow in 2011. She directs a large-scale research group supported by the European Research Council and based in the Faculty of Philosophy, with the title Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies. The project investigates the nature of the fundamental building blocks of reality: what the ancients thought they were, and how those ancient philosophical views compare or contrast with the most recent developments in metaphysics and philosophy of physics. The driving research hypothesis is that for the ancients, as well as for us, powers are the sole type of fundamental entities.
Anna joined Corpus in 2007; she was first as a lecturer (2007/08); she was then elected Junior Research Fellow (2008/11) and contemporaneously held a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Faculty of Philosophy. Before coming to Oxford, Anna earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh and a Laurea in Philosophy from the University of Pisa, Italy. She has held visiting fellowships in Germany, Italy, the US, and Australia.
Anna's main area of interest is ancient and contemporary metaphysics, within a broadly Aristotelian framework. She is interested in issues concerning the nature of properties, dispositions, relations, composition and structure, and causation. Her publications span classical and medieval philosophy, contemporary metaphysics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of religion. She is currently completing a monograph provisionally titled: Aristotle on Perceiving Objects., for OUP.
Representative publications (by research area)
• 'Potentiality in Aristotle's Metaphysics', in K Engelhard and M Quante (eds.) The Handbook of Potentiality, Springer, 2013
• 'Moral Character versus Situations: an Aristotelian contribution to the debate', The Journal of Ancient Philosophy, 2011
• 'Aristotle on Complex Perceptual Content. The Metaphysics of the Common Sense', Philosophical Inquiry, 2011
• Is Being One Only One?' - The Argument for the Uniqueness of Platonic Forms' . Apeiron vol. XLI 4, pp. 211-227, 2008
• ‘The Union of Cause and Effect in Aristotle: Physics III 3', Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, 32, pp. 205-232, 2007
• The Metaphysics of Powers: Their Grounding and Their Manifestations, Routledge, 2010 (edited volume)
• ‘Do powers need powers to make them powerful? ' From Pandispositionalism to Aristotle', History of Philosophy Quarterly, Vol. 26, No. 4, 2009.
Philosophy of Mind
• ‘It's a Colorful World', American Philosophical Quarterly, 43:1, pp. 71-80, 2006.
Philosophy of Religion
• The Metaphysics of the Incarnation, Oxford University Press, 2011 (co-edited with Jonathan Hill)
• ‘Metaphysica V 7: diverse soluzioni esegetiche a confronto', Documenti e Studi sulla Tradizione Filosofica Medievale, vol. XII, pp. 1-61, 2001 [in Italian].
• ‘La nozione aristotelica di ‘per se': una nuova proposta interpretativa', Documenti e Studi sulla Tradizione Filosofica Medievale, vol. XI, pp. 1-35, 2000 [in Italian].