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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

  • “The Now and the Relation between Motion and Time in Aristotle: A Systematic Reconstruction” Apeiron, 51:3 (2018). p. 1-45.
  • “Are Potency and Actuality Compatible in Aristotle?” Epoche, 22:2 (2018). p. 239-270.
  • “Aristotle on the Being of Time: Outline of a New Interpretation” in Demetra Sfendoni-Mentzou, ed. Aristotle – Contemporary Perspectives on his Thought: On the 2400th Anniversary of Aristotle’s Birth, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018.
  • “The Hermeneutic Problem of Potency and Activity in Aristotle” in The Challenge: Aristotle. Gicheva-Gocheva, Dimka, Ivan Kolev and Haralambi Panicidis (eds.) Sofia: Sofia University Press, 2017. 593-614.


  • 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