Mary Louise G. Gill David Benedict Professor of Classics and Philosophy

Mary Louise Gill joined the Brown Philosophy and Classics Departments in 2001 after teaching at the University of Pittsburgh. She has held visiting appointments at Dartmouth, Stanford, UCLA, UC Davis, and Harvard. She has been a fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, a visiting fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge, a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.

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scholarly work

Philosophos: Plato's Missing Dialogue. Oxford University Press, 2012. x + 290 pp.

"Introduction." Plato's Phaedrus: A commentary for the Greek Reader. By Paul Ryan. University of Oklahoma Press, 2012. xv-xxix.

"The Unity of Definition in Metaphysics H.6 and Z.12," in J. G. Lennox and R. Bolton (eds.). Nature, Being, and Life in Aristotle . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010: 97-121.

"The Divine Method in Plato's Philebus. In John Dillon and Luc Brisson (eds.) Plato's Philebus. Sankt Auguestan: Academia Verlog. 2010. 173-99.

"Division and Definition in Plato's Sophist and Statesman." In David Charles (ed.). Definition in Greek Philosophy. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2010. 173-99.

"The Theory of the Elements in De Caelo III and IV." In A. C. Bowen and C. Wildberg (eds.). A Companion to Aristotle's Cosmology. Leiden: Brill, 2009. 139-61.

"Form-Matter Predication in Metapysics IX.7" In M. Crubelier, A. Jaulin, D. Defebre, and P,-M. Moral (eds.). DUNAMIS: Autour de la puissance chez Aristote. Leuven: Peeters, 2008. 392-427.

Review of Metaphysics and Method in Plato's Statesman. By Kenneth M. Sayre. Journal of Hellenic Studies 128 (2008), 280-81.

"Comment on Modrak." Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy 22 (2007). 136. 136-43.

"Problems for Forms." In Hugh H. Benson (ed.). A Companion to Plato. Blackwell Companions to Philosophy Series. Oxford / Boston: Blackwell, 2006. 184-98.

A Companion to Ancient Philosophy. Co-edited with Pierre Pellegrin. Blackwell Companions to Philosophy Series. Oxford / Boston: Blackwell, 2006. xxxvi + 718 pp.

"First Philosophy in Aristotle." In M. L. Gill & P. Pellegrin (eds.), A Companion to Ancient Philosophy. Oxford / Boston: Blackwell, 2006. 347-73.

"Models in Plato's Sophist and Statesman." Journal of the International Plato Society 6 (2006).

"Myles Burnyeat's Map of Metaphysics Zeta." Philosophical Quarterly 55 (2005), 117-24.

"Aristotle's Metaphysics Reconsidered." Journal of the History of Philosophy 43 (2005), 223-51.

"Method and Metaphysics in Plato's Sophist and Statesman." In The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Edward N. Zalta (ed.). 2005. 14480 words. Updated 2009. 15572 words.

Review of Aristotle and the Metaphysics. By Vasilis Politis. Mind 114 (2005), 760-64.

"Plato's First Principles." In Apostolos Pierris (ed.), Aristotle's Criticisms of Plato: The Metaphysical Question. Patras, Greece: Institute for Philosophical Research, 2004. 155-76.

"A More Socratic Meno." Review of Virtue in the Cave. By Roslyn Weiss. Classical Review 53 (2003), 299-301.

Review of Aristotle's Theory of Substance: The Categories and Metaphysics Zeta,/i>. By Michael Wedin. Mind 112 (2003), 583-86.

"Why Does Theaetetus' Final Definition of Knowledge Fail?" in W. Detel, A. Becker, and P. Scholz (eds.) Ideal and Culture of Knowledge in Plato. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2003. 159-73.

"Plato's Phaedrus and the Method of Hippocrates." The Modern Schoolman 80 (2003), 295-314.

"The Unity of Substances in Metaphysics H.6" (in Portuguese). Cadernos de História e Filosofia da Ciência Series 3, 13 (2003), 177-203.

"Aristotle's Distinction between Change and Activity." Axiomathes (2003). 17-36.

"Plato on Being a Not-Being: The Text of Parmenides 162A-B," in Bettina Amden, Pernille Flensted-Jensen, Thomas Heine Nielsen, Adam Schwartz, and Christian Gorm Tortzen (eds.), Noctes Atticae [Festschrift for Jørgen Mejer]. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2002. 121-129.

Review of Plato's Reception of Parmenides. By John A. Palmer. Mind 110 (2001), 806-10.

"Aristotle's Attack on Universals." Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 19 (2001), 235-59.

Review of The Order of Nature in Aristotle's Physics: Place and the Elements. By Helen Lang. British Journal for Philosophy of Science 51 (2000), 549-57.

"Commentary on Lewis," Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy 15 (2000), 129-36.

Review of Substance and Separation in Aristotle. By Lynne Spellman. Philosophical Books 39 (1998), 43-45.

"Material Necessity and Meteorology IV.12." In Wolfgang Kullmann and Sabine Föllinger (eds.), Aristotelische Biologie: Intentionen, Methoden, Ergebnisse. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 1997. 145-61.

"Classical Theories of Matter," in Donald J. Zeyl (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Classical Philosophy, Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997. 322-25.

"Perceptible Substances in Metaphysics H.1-5," in Christof Rapp (ed.) Aristoteles, Die Substanzbücher der Metaphysik. Berlin: Akademie-Verlag, 1996. 209-28.

Plato: Parmenides. Introduction (123 pp.) and Translation (co-translator: Paul Ryan). Hackett Publishing Company, 1996. vii + 175 pp. Translation reprinted in John M. Cooper (ed.) Plato, Complete Works (Hackett, 1997). Excerpt of translation reprinted in S. M. Cohen, P. Curd, and C.D.C. Reeve (eds.) Readings in Ancient Philosophy: From Thales to Aristotle (Hackett, 1994).

"Aristotle on Substance and Predication." Ancient Philosophy 15 (1995), 510-20.

"Individuals and Individuation in Aristotle," in Unity, Identity, and Explanation in Aristotle's Metaphysics. In T. Scaltsas, D. Charles, and M. L. Gill (eds.). Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994. 55-71.

Unity, Identity, and Explanation in Aristotle's Metaphysics. Coedited with Theodore Scaltsas and David Charles. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994. x + 381 pp.

Self-Motion: From Aristotle to Newton. Coedited with James G. Lennox. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994. xxi + 367 pp.

Review of Primary Ousia: An Essay on Aristotle's Metaphysics Z and H. By Michael J. Loux. Journal of the History of Philosophy 31 (1993), 106-8.

Review of Substance, Form and Psyche: An Aristotelean Metaphysics. By Montgomery Furth. Noûs 27 (1993), 89-91.

Review of Aristotle's Two Systems. By Daniel Graham. Review of Metaphysics 46 (1993), 616-17.

"Commentary on Charles," Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy 7 (1993), 262-68.

"Matter Against Substance," Synthese 96 (1993), 1-19.

Review of Substance and Essence in Aristotle: An Interpretation of Metaphysics VII-IX. By Charlotte Witt. Classical World 84 (1991), 331-332.

"Aristotle on Self-Motion." In Lindsay Judson (ed.), Essays on Aristotle's Physics. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991. 243-65. Reprinted in M. L. Gill and J. G. Lennox (eds.), Self-Motion: From Aristotle to Newton. Princeton University Press, 1994. 15-34.

Review of Aristoteles, Metaphysik Z. By Michael Frede and Günther Patzig. Journal of the History of Philosophy 28 (1990), 602-5.

"Aristotle on Matters of Life and Death," Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy 4 (1989), 187-205.

Aristotle on Substance: The Paradox of Unity. Princeton University Press, 1989. Paperback, 1991. xi + 284 pp.

Review of Philosophical Issues in Aristotle's Biology. Edited by Allan Gotthelf and James G. Lennox. Isis 79 (1988), 721-22.

"Matter and Flux in Plato's Timaeus," Phronesis 32 (1987), 34-53.

Review of Aristotle's Physics. Books III and IV. Translated with Notes by Edward Hussey. Philosophical Review 94 (1985), 270-73.

"Aristotle on the Individuation of Changes," Ancient Philosophy 4 (1984), 9-22.

"Sorabji and Aristotle Against Determinism," Ancient Philosophy 2 (1982), 122-33.

"Aristotle's Theory of Causal Action in Physics III.3," Phronesis 25 (1980), 129-47.

research overview

Mary Louise Gill specializes in ancient Greek philosophy. She is the author of Philosophos: Plato's Missing Dialogue (Oxford, 2012), Aristotle on Substance: The Paradox of Unity (Princeton, 1989), and the Introduction and co-translation of Plato: Parmenides (Hackett, 1996). She is co-editor of Self-Motion: From Aristotle to Newton (Princeton, 1994); Unity, Identity, and Explanation in Aristotle's Metaphysics (Oxford, 1994), and A Companion to Ancient Philosophy (Blackwell 2006).

research statement

Mary Louise Gill is currently working on a collaborative book project, Aristotle's Meteorology, Book IV (his chemical treatise), which will contain translation, introduction, and notes with James G. Lennox and Tiberiu Popa and will be published in the Clarendon Aristotle Series (Oxford University Press.

The specialties of Mary Louise Gill within the field of ancient Greek philosophy are the metaphysics, epistemology, method, and natural philosophy of Plato and Aristotle.

funded research

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study ($60,000)

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend ($5,000)

Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton ($35,000)

Ethel Wattis Kimbell Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Center ($23,000)