Stephen Makin

MA Edinburgh, PhD Cambridge

Department of Philosophy

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s.makin@sheffield.ac.uk

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Stephen Makin
Department of Philosophy
45 Victoria Street
Sheffield
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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.

Publications

Books

  • Aristotle & Makin S (2006) Aristotle's Metaphysics Theta: Translation and Commentary. Oxford University Press, USA. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Makin S (1993) Indifference Arguments. Oxford: Blackwell. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

  • Makin SA (2013) Amusing Gorgias: Why does the Encomium of Helen end as it does?. Ancient Philosophy, 33(Fall). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Makin S (2005) Melissus and His Opponents: The Argument of DK 30 B 8. Phronesis: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy, 50(4), 263-288. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Makin S (2003) What Does Aristotle Mean by Priority in Substance?. Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, 24. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Makin S (2000) How Many Ways Can a Capacity be Exercised?. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Suppl. vol. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Makin S (1999) Aristotle's Two Modal Theses Again. Phronesis: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy, 44(2), 114-126. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Makin S (1996) Megarian Possibilities. Philosophical Studies, 83(3), 253-276. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Makin S (1991) An Ancient Principle about Causation. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 91, 135-152. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Makin S (1989) Aquinas, Natural Tendencies and Natural Kinds. The New Scholasticism, 63(3). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Makin S (1989) The Indivisibility of the Atom. Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, 71(2), 125-149. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Makin S (1988) Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society. Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society, 214, 77-103. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Makin S (1988) The Ontological Argument. Philosophy, 63(243), 83-91. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Makin S (1988) How can we find out what Ancient Philosophers said?. Phronesis: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy, 33(1-3), 121-132. RIS download Bibtex download

Chapters

  • Makin SA (2012) Energeia and Dunamis, The Oxford Handbook of Aristotle (pp. 400-421). Oxford: Oxford University Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Makin SA (2009) Aristotle: Form, Matter and Substance, The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics (pp. 29-38). Abingdon: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Makin S (2000) Causality and Derivativeness In Teichmann R (Ed.), Logic, Cause and Action: Essays in Honour of Elizabeth Anscombe (pp. 59-72). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Makin SA (2014) Ethics Fixity and Flux. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume, Vol. 88 (pp 167-181) RIS download Bibtex download

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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.