Philosophy at St Andrews

Barbara Sattler

Lecturer in Philosophy

Barbara Sattler

Phone: 01334 462474

Office: Edgecliffe 209

Email: bs21@st-andrews.ac.uk

Website: http://st-andrews.ac.uk/~bs21

Ancient Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics, Aesthetics.

Profile

The main area of my research is metaphysics and natural philosophy in the ancient Greek world, especially with the Pre-socratics, Plato and Aristotle; but I am also interested in contemporary metaphysics and aesthetics. At the moment I am about to finish my book on how nature came to be established as a proper object of scientific endeavour in ancient Greece (Natural Philosophy in Ancient Greece). And I have started with a new book project on how the understanding of time changed dramatically in the thought of writers at the very beginning of the Western tradition (Ancient Notions of Time).

I began studying German literature, mathematics and philosophy at the University of Vienna, and got my doctorate from the FU-Berlin - spending time also at the University of St. Andrews and Oxford. I have taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at Yale University before joining the department in St. Andrews in 2013.

See also the PURE research profile.

Selected publications

“Space in Ancient Times: From the Presocratics to Aristotle”, in: “Space”, Oxford Philosophical Concepts, ed. Andrew Janiak, forthcoming 2014.

“Time is double the trouble – Zeno’s Moving Rows”, in: Ancient Philosophy, forthcoming 2014.

“Contingency and Necessity: Human agency in Musil’s The Man without Qualities”, in: The Monist 97.1, forthcoming 2014.

“The Eleusinian Mysteries in Pre-platonic Thought. Metaphor, Practise and Imagery for Plato’s Symposium”, in: “Greek Religion, Philosophy and Salvation”, ed.  Vishwa Adluri, Berlin: de Gruyter, 151-190, April 2013.

“A Likely Account of Necessity, Plato’s Receptacle as a Physical and Metaphysical Basis of Space”, in: Journal of the History of Philosophy, April 2012, pp. 159-195.

“Parmenides’ System – the Logical Origins of his Monism”, in: Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy 2009/2010, Leiden/Boston 2011, pp. 25-70.

“A time for learning and for counting – Egyptians, Greeks and empirical processes in Plato’s Timaeus”, in: “One Book, the Whole Universe: Plato’s Timaeus Today”, Proceedings of the Conference “Plato’s Timaeus Today” at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, September 13-16, 2007, Las Vegas: Parmenides Press 2010, pp. 249-266. 

Co-editor (with Richard Mohr) of “One Book, the Whole Universe: Plato’s Timaeus Today”, Proceedings of the Conference “Plato’s Timaeus Today” at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, September 13-16, 2007, Las Vegas: Parmenides Press 2010.

Research students

I am currently supervising Lorenzo Lazzarini, Andres Hernandez Villareal and Hannah Laurens.


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