Sylvia Berryman

Selected Publications
  • ‘It Makes No Difference’: Optics and Natural Philosophy in Late Antiquity”,  Apeiron: a journal for ancient philosophy and science, 45,3 (2012), 201-20
  • The Puppet and the Sage: Images of the Self in Marcus Aurelius“, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy (2010)
  • The Mechanical Hypothesis in Ancient Greek Natural Philosophy (Cambridge, 2009)
  • Teleology Without Tears: Aristotle and the Role of Mechanistic Conceptions of Organisms”, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 37 (2007), 357-70


Research Interests    

I have written on the intersections between ancient Greek natural philosophy and natural sciences, including mechanics, medicine, optics, physics and theory of mixture. Although I have written on topics ranging over the entire period of Greek antiquity, many individual research papers concern the role of Hellenistic science on natural philosophy, especially that of the Aristotelian school. This culminated in a 2009 monograph on the impact of ancient Greek mechanics on ideas about causation and explanation of the natural world.

More recently, I have been writing on the metaethical foundations of Aristotle’s ethics, especially the role of naturalism in his thought, and the recent situationist critique of virtue ethics. I am currently writing a book on Aristotle’s metaethics.

In addition, I have interests in questions of ethics and global poverty.

Recent and Upcoming Presentations
  • “Strato of Lampsacus, Hellenistic Medicine, and Aristotle’s Theory of the Soul,” Symposium Hellenisticum, Utrecht 2016
  • “Aristotle in the Ethics Wars,” American Philosophical Association Western Division, April 2015
  • “On a Curious Passage in Eudemian Ethics 2.6,” Northwest Ancient Philosophy Workshop, September 2014
  • “Who’s Afraid of Creating Dependency?,” Social Philosophy and Ethics Forum, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, May 2014