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Corpus JRF awarded £1m Research Grant

Dr Anna Marmodoro
, British Academy Post-doctoral Fellow and Junior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, has been awarded a European Research Council grant of £1m for a five year project in ancient metaphysics, to commence in 2011. The title of the project is Power structuralism in ancient ontologies. A brief description of the project follows.

Power structuralism in ancient ontologies
The project aims to bring about a paradigm shift in our understanding of how the ancients conceived of the universe and its contents, over a period of nine centuries, 600 BC to 300 AD. The driving research hypothesis is that the sole elementary building blocks of nearly all ancient ontologies are powers, from which all there is in the universe is built. Powers are ontologically dependent properties, which are directed towards an end (e.g. the power to heat); thus a world of powers is structured in a web of ontological dependencies. Such ontologies underlie object-metaphysics or process-metaphysics, and worlds of being and becoming, supplying structures from which objects and processes are derived.


Post-doctoral positions and a DPhil studentship will be advertised in due course on the Faculty of Philosophy website.

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