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Prof David Charles

Senior Research Fellow in Oriel College
david.charles@oriel.ox.ac.uk

Oriel College

Research Interests

My main research interests are in Ancient Philosophy, where I am especially interested in Aristotle’s philosophy, and in Philosophy of Mind. I have written two books on Aristotle, one on his Philosophy of Action (London 1984) and one on his discussion of science and metaphysics (Aristotle on Meaning and Essence, Oxford 2000) and am currently engaged on a third on his Ethics. I have also written on issues concerning intention, explanation and the emotions in contemporary philosophy.

David Charles

 

Recent Papers

Books

1984 Aristotle’s Philosophy of Action, London  (Paperback: 1986)
1992

Explanation, Reduction and Realism, Oxford (co-edited with  K. Lennon).

1994

Unity, Identity and Explanation  in Aristotle’s Metaphysics, Oxford (co-edited with T.Scaltsas andM.L. Gill)

2000

Aristotle on Meaning and Essence, Oxford (Paperback 2002)

2000

Aristotle’s Metaphysics Lambda: Symposium Aristotelicum, Oxford   (co-edited with M. Frede)

2001

Essays on Wittgenstein in Honour of David Pears, Oxford, (co-edited with W.Child)

2009

Definition in Greek Philosophy (editor), Oxford: forthcoming

Articles (selected)

1982/3

Rationality and Irrationality’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, LXXX111,  pp.191-212
1986

‘Aristotle: Ontology and Moral Reasoning’, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy IV,  pp145-167

1988

'Aristotle on Hypothetical Necessity and Irreducibility',  Pacific Philosophical. Quarterly, 69, pp. 1-53.

1988

'Perfectionism in Aristotle's Political Theory: Reply to Martha Nussbaum', Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, VI, Supp. Vol: 185-206

1990

Natural Kinds and Natural History’, in Biologie, Logique et Metaphysique, edd. D.Devereux and P.Pellegrin, Paris, pp. 145-167

1991

Intention’ in Cause, Mind and Reality, Essays in Honour of C.B.Martin, Quarterly, 69, pp. 1-53.

1992

‘Aristotle on Substance, Essence and Biological Kinds,’ Proceedings of the Boston Quarterly, 69, pp. 1-53.

1992

'Supervenience, Composition and Physicalism' in  Explanation, Reduction and Quarterly, 69, pp. 1-53. 

1994

'Aristotle on Names and their Signification', Companions to Ancient Thought 3, Quarterly, 69, pp. 1-53.

1994

'Matter and Form: Unity, Persistence and Identity' in Unity, Identity and Quarterly, 69, pp. 1-53.

1996

‘Aristotle and Modern Moral Realism':  Ancient and Modern Moral Realism, Quarterly, 69, pp. 1-53.

1997

‘Aristotle and the Unity and Essence of Biological Kinds’, in Aristotelische. Quarterly, 69, pp. 1-53.

1997

‘Method and Argument in the Study of Aristotle: A Critical Notice of The Cambridge Companion to Aristotle’, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, XV, pp.231-257

1999

‘Aristotle on Well-Being and Intellectual Contemplation’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volume, 74,  pp.205-223

2000

Aristotle on Matter and Change: a study of Lambda 2' in Aristotle’s Metaphysics Lambda: Symposium Aristotelicum, Oxford, ed M. Frede and D.Charles, pp. 89-110

2001

Wittgenstein’s Builders and Aristotle’s Craftsmen’, in Essays on Wittgenstein in        Honour of David Pears, Oxford, ed. D.Charles and T.W.Child, pp. 80-102.

2002

‘Being and Essence in Contemporary Interpretations of Aristotle’ in Individuals, Essence, Identity, Dordrecht, ed. A.Bottani, M.Carrara and P. Giaretta, pp.109-128

2003

‘Prime Matter and Elemental Change’ in Aristotle’s On Generation and   Corruption 1., Oxford, ed. F de Haas and J.Mansfeld, pp 151-169 

2004

‘Emotion, Cognition and Action’ in Agency and Action, Cambridge, ed. J.Hyman H.Steward, pp. 105-136   

2004

‘Definitions in the Meno’ in Socrates, 2400 Years After His Death, Athens, ed.  V.Karasmanis,  pp. 357-366  

2005

‘Substancia, definicao e essencia’  in Sobre a Metafisica de Aristoteles, Sao Paolo, ed. M.Zingano, pp. 371- 413  

2006 ‘Types of Definition in the Meno’ in Remembering Socrates, Oxford, edd. L.Judson and V.Karasmanis
2006

Aristotle’s Desire’ in Mind and Modality, Brill, ed V.Hirvonen, T.Holpaianen and M.Tuominen

2007

‘Aristotle’s weak acrates: in what does her ignorance consist?', Essays on Ancient  Acrasia, Brill, edd. P.Destree and C.Bobonich  

2008

'Quelques questions à propos de la potentialité (dunamis) et de l'actualité (energeia)' in Dunamis edd M.Crubellier, A.Jaulin, D.Lefebvre, P-M Morel, Paris 2008 

 

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