MA Edinburgh, PhD Cambridge
Department of Philosophy
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Stephen took his first degree at Edinburgh University, and then moved to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, to study for a PhD. His research was originally on the philosophy of the early Wittgenstein, but his interests rapidly turned to ancient philosophy. His doctoral thesis was on pre-Socratic atomism. He was a research fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge, before being appointed to a lectureship in Sheffield in 1984.
- Aristotle's Metaphysics Theta: Translation and Commentary. Oxford University Press, USA.
- Indifference Arguments. Oxford: Blackwell.
- Amusing Gorgias: Why does the Encomium of Helen end as it does?. Ancient Philosophy, 33(Fall).
- Melissus and His Opponents: The Argument of DK 30 B 8. Phronesis: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy, 50(4), 263-288.
- What Does Aristotle Mean by Priority in Substance?. Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, 24.
- How Many Ways Can a Capacity be Exercised?. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Suppl. vol.
- Aristotle's Two Modal Theses Again. Phronesis: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy, 44(2), 114-126.
- Megarian Possibilities. Philosophical Studies, 83(3), 253-276.
- An Ancient Principle about Causation. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 91, 135-152.
- Aquinas, Natural Tendencies and Natural Kinds. The New Scholasticism, 63(3).
- The Indivisibility of the Atom. Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, 71(2), 125-149.
- Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society. Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society, 214, 77-103.
- The Ontological Argument. Philosophy, 63(243), 83-91.
- How can we find out what Ancient Philosophers said?. Phronesis: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy, 33(1-3), 121-132.
- Energeia and Dunamis, The Oxford Handbook of Aristotle (pp. 400-421). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Aristotle: Form, Matter and Substance, The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics (pp. 29-38). Abingdon: Routledge.
- Causality and Derivativeness In Teichmann R (Ed.), Logic, Cause and Action: Essays in Honour of Elizabeth Anscombe (pp. 59-72). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Conference proceedings papers
- Ethics Fixity and Flux. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume, Vol. 88 (pp 167-181)
- View this article in WRRO Aristotelian Habits.
- Professional activities
Stephen Makin has published papers on philosophy of religion, Democritean atomism, method in ancient philosophy, the metaphysics of Aristotle, and Aquinas' philosophy of nature. His book on principle-of-insufficient-reason arguments in ancient philosophy was published by Blackwell in 1993 under the title Indifference Arguments. His translation of Aristotle's Metaphysics Book 9, along with a substantial commentary, was published in the Clarendon Aristotle Series in 2006. His research interests also include various topics in contemporary metaphysics.