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Mark Sentesy

Mark Sentesy

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

247 Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-1674


  1. PhD, Boston College. Dissertation: Aristotle: Movement and the Structure of Being


Areas of Specialization

  • Ancient Philosophy (esp. Plato and Aristotle)

Areas of Competence

  • Ethics
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Modern Epistemology and Science
  • 19th and Early 20th Century European Philosophy (esp. Nietzsche, Husserl, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre)

Recent Courses

  • Ancient Philosophy (with Amelie Rorty)
  • Introduction to Contemporary Moral Issues
  • Philosophy of the Person
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Philosophy and Existential Themes
  • Logic
  • Business Ethics

Recent Publications

  • “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.
  • “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.
  • “Aristotle’s Rational and Political Cosmopolitanism,” review of Baracchi, Aristotle’s Ethics as First Philosophy, in Research in Phenomenology 39 (2009) 441-474.


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


  • Translation of Jean-Luc Nancy, “Fantastic Phenomenon” for Research in Phenomenology, 41:2 (2011), 228-237.
  • Translation of Frederic Worms, “Consciousness or Life? Bergson Between Phenomenology and Metaphysics,” in Bergson and Phenomenology, ed. M. Kelly. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010. 245-257.

Current Projects

  • A monograph on the multiplicity of being in light of Aristotle’s discovery through the analysis of movement of what we now call matter and energy (hule, energeia).

Research Interests

  • Publishes on topics ranging from physics and metaphysics, to epistemology, to the ethics of environmental, economic, and technological systems, and the philosophy of education