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Anna Marmodoro wins ERC Award

Anna Marmodoro wins European Research Council (ERC) Starting Investigator Award

The Faculty is delighted to report that Dr Anna Marmodoro, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and Junior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, has been awarded a European Research Council grant of £1m for a five year project in ancient metaphysics, to commence in 2011. The title of the project is "Power structuralism in ancient ontologies". The project will involve several postdoctoral positions and a DPhil studentship: further information and advertisements for those positions will be available from this website in due course.

The project aims to bring about a paradigm shift in our understanding of how the ancients conceived of the universe and its contents, over a period of nine centuries, 600 BC to 300 AD. The driving research hypothesis is that the sole elementary building blocks of nearly all ancient ontologies are powers, from which all there is in the universe is built. Powers are ontologically dependent properties, which are directed towards an end (e.g. the power to heat); thus a world of powers is structured in a web of ontological dependencies. Such ontologies underlie object-metaphysics or process-metaphysics, and worlds of being and becoming, supplying structures from which objects and processes are derived.

Further details about the ERC Starting Investigator Awards can be found on the ERC website at

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