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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.


  • The Ontology of Change in Aristotle, Chicago: Northwestern University Press (2020).

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


  •  “Genesis and The Priority of Energeia in Aristotle’s Metaphysics IX.8” Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy (2019). 43-70.

  • “The Now and the Relation between Motion and Time in Aristotle: A Systematic Reconstruction” Apeiron, 51:3 (2018). 1-45.

  • “Are Potency and Actuality Compatible in Aristotle?” Epoche, 22:2 (2018). 239-270.

  • "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.

  • "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) 63-93.

  • “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) 109-123.


  • 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.


  • “Gilgamesh and Ecology” International Association for Environmental Philosophy, Duquesne University, 2019.
  • “Being, Multiplicity, and a Change in the Concept of Difference” Ancient Philosophy Society, 2018.
  • “Aristotle’s Physis in the World of Empedocles” Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, 2017.
  • “Genesis and the Priority of Actuality in Metaphysics IX” and “Aristotle on Motion: Physics III.1-3” Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, Assumption College, 2017.
  • “Potency in Heidegger and Aristotle” Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy, 2017.
  • “How Does the Now Generate Time?” American Philosophical Association: Central Division Conference, Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Kansas, 2017.
  • “Heidegger and Aristotle on Potency” Aristotle and Phenomenology, Leuven, 2016.
  • “Being is Said in Many Ways’ in Aristotle’s Physics I,” World Congress of Philosophy, Athens, 2016.
  • “How Does the Now Generate Time?” World Congress of Philosophy, Athens, 2016, and World Congress: Aristotle 2016, Thessaloniki, 2016.
  • “Plato on Community and Nature,” Ancient Philosophy Society, 2015.
  • “Philosophy and the Struggle Between Poetry and Technē,” for Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Fordham, 2013.
  • “The Compatibility of Dunamis and Energeia,” History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS), Halifax, 2012.
  • “The Terms of the Definition of Movement,” Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Fordham, 2011.
  • “The Source of Movement and the Configuration of Things in the World: An Account of Dynamis in Aristotle” Aristotle: Nature, Logic, Being, the Boston College Philosophy Graduate Student Conference, Boston, 2011.

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