Jonathan Beere

Co-Director, Graduate School of Ancient Philosophy

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Jonathan Beere received the B.A. in History and Philosophy of Natural Sciences at the University of Chicago in 1995 and two years later a B.A. Literae Humaniores at Oxford University. In 2003 he received his Ph.D. at Princeton University; the subject of his thesis was "The Priority of Active Being: An Interpretation of Aristotle's Metaphysics IX". From 2004 to 2007 Jonathan Beere taught as Asisstant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. Since 2007, he has been on the faculty of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and was named Professor für antike Philosophie und Wissensgeschichte in January of 2011. Jonathan Beere is Co-Director at the Graduate School of Ancient Philosophy with Christoph Helmig.

His selected publications include "Counting the Unmoved Movers: Astronomy and Explanation in Aristotle’s Metaphysics XII.8," Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie (2003); "Potentiality and the Matter of Composite Substance," Phronesis (2006); "The Priority in Being of Energeia," Dynamis. Autour de la puissance chez Aristote (ed. by M. Crubellier, A. Jaulin, D. Lefebvre, P.-M. Morel, 2008); Doing & Being: An Interpretation of Aristotle’s Metaphysics IX (2010); "Faking Wisdom: Plato on Sophistry as an Expertise," Wisdom in Antiquity (ed. by K. Vogt, W. Mann, forthcoming in 2010); Philosophy, Virtue and Immortality in Plato's Phaedo (forthcoming in 2011).