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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



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

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


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

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

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

6. “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.

7. “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.

8. “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.


1. “Gilgamesh and Ecology” International Association for Environmental Philosophy, Duquesne University, 2019.

2. “Being, Multiplicity, and a Change in the Concept of Difference” Ancient Philosophy Society, 2018.

3. “Aristotle’s Physis in the World of Empedocles” Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, 2017.

4. “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.

5. “Potency in Heidegger and Aristotle” Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy, 2017.

6. “How Does the Now Generate Time?” American Philosophical Association: Central Division Conference, Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Kansas, 2017.

7. “Heidegger and Aristotle on Potency” Aristotle and Phenomenology, Leuven, 2016.

8. “Being is Said in Many Ways’ in Aristotle’s Physics I,” World Congress of Philosophy, Athens, 2016.

9. “How Does the Now Generate Time?” World Congress of Philosophy, Athens, 2016, and World Congress: Aristotle 2016, Thessaloniki, 2016.

10. “Plato on Community and Nature,” Ancient Philosophy Society, 2015.

11. “Philosophy and the Struggle Between Poetry and Technē,” for Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Fordham, 2013.

12. “The Compatibility of Dunamis and Energeia,” History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS), Halifax, 2012.

13. “The Terms of the Definition of Movement,” Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Fordham, 2011.

14. “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.


Recent Courses:

PHIL 106: Business Ethics
PHIL 118H: Introduction to Environmental Philosophy
PHIL 200: Introduction to Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 403: Environmental Ethics
PHIL 453: Ancient Philosophy (Desire, Truth, Memory)
PHIL 553: Ancient Philosophy (Aristotle)

Student Testimonial

“The Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies is an incredibly helpful community of individuals who love to learn. The faculty members of this department are very thoughtful and provide invaluable assistance to otherwise confused undergraduates. (...)
The smaller department size allows students to establish relationships with faculty and to establish a community in a school that might otherwise seem dauntingly large. The Classics and the study of the ancient Mediterranean world are strong at Penn State. For a school that prides itself on cutting-edge research and applied sciences, Penn State is a superb promoter of the Humanities. This support allows the CAMS department to recruit world-class faculty, provide generous funding and aid to undergraduates, and establish resources for research. The structure of the department was a perfect fit for me and allowed me to explore a wide-range of subjects related to my interests. In my four years in the program, I strengthened my Latin and Greek and was also able to study Egyptian Hieroglyphs and Sumerian. I now look forward to continuing my training in philology as I pursue graduate study.”

Timothy W. Dooley
2011 CAMS graduate

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