Research Statement

I am interested in the nature of matter for Aristotle, both with respect to its role in coming to be and its role in being.  This interest has fueled my critiques of views that see the diversity of co-specific organisms in Aristotle as derived from the diversity of their matter or form.  I argue instead that organisms have their diversity non-derivatively, a thesis which I see as supported by Aristotle's metaontology as well as other key Aristotelian metaphysical theses.  I also draw connections between Aristotle's metaphysics, philosophy of science, and philosophy of biology and explore their relevance for debates in contemporary philosophy of biology.

Research Keywords

  • Kuwait
  • Fossil Fuel Properties

Presentations

  • Aristotle's Metaphysics N, Reading Group on Aristotle's Metaphysics N (Spetses, Greece). July 2022. , Accepted, 2020.
  • (Postponed) Aristotle's Critiques of Parmenides in Physics I, "Nature, Law, and Cosmos in Ancient Greek Philosophy: A Conference in Honor of Dan Graham" (Brigham Young University). Originally scheduled May 2020. , Accepted, 2020.
  • "The Ineliminability of Aristotle's First Science," Philosophy Department Research Presentation, Purdue University. , Presented, 2019.
  • "Aristotle on the Unity of Metaphysics," Philosophy Department Colloquium Research Presentation, University of Tennessee at Knoxville. , Presented, 2019.
    https://calendar.utk.edu/event/philosophy_colloqui...
  • Aristotle's Metaphysics M.7, Reading Group on Aristotle’s Metaphysics M (organized under the University of Oslo; held in Spetses, Greece). , Presented, 2019.
    http://akss.gr/main/en/aristotle-s-philosophy-of-m...
  • Comments on Marko Malink's "Antisthenes on Definition: Metaphysics H.3", Annual Toronto Workshop in Ancient Philosophy, University of Toronto. , Presented, 2019.
    https://philosophy.utoronto.ca/event/atwap-aristot...
  • "Aristotelian Matter and the Early Christian Doctrine of Bodily Resurrection," Aristotelian Biology and Christian Philosophy in the Early Empire, University of Oxford. , Presented, 2019.
    https://www.classics.ox.ac.uk/event/aristotelian-b...
  • "Unity, Plurality, and Hylomorphic Composition in Aristotle's Metaphysics," Philosophy Department Workshop (Purdue University). , Presented, 2018.
  • "Aristotelian Explanation and the Biological Homology Concept," Philosophy Department Colloquium Research Presentation (Purdue University). , Presented, 2018.
    https://www.cla.purdue.edu/philosophy/news_events/...
  • What's the Matter with Animal Generation? Aristotle on Material Persistence, Aristotle’s Biology: Generation of Animals (The Philipps University of Marburg, Germany), August 2018 [Invited]. , Presented, 2018.
    https://www.uni-marburg.de/fb10/klassphil/genanima...
  • "What's the Matter with Animal Generation? Numerical Unity and Hylomorphic Unity in Aristotle," Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy Workshop, University of Chicago. , Presented, 2018.
    https://voices.uchicago.edu/agarp/schedule-archive...
  • Why You Should Care About Aristotelian Biology, Philosophy of Biology at the Mountains, University of Utah. , Presented, 2018.
    https://sites.google.com/view/pobam/home
  • Aristotle on Animals: Matter, Change, and the Active Unity of Life, Philosophy Department Colloquium Research Presentation (Utah Valley University), October 2017 [Invited]. , Presented, 2017.
  • Aristotle's De Anima I.5, Reading Group on Aristotle's De Anima I, Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses, Greece, August 2017. , Presented, 2017.
  • Explanatory Levels and the Biological Homology Concept: An Aristotelian Perspective, at Aristotle Resurgent: Exploring Neo-Aristotelian Approaches to Metaphysics, Ethics, and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, May 2017. , Presented, 2017.
  • Aristotle's De Generatione et Corruptione II, at the 2017 Workshop of the Center for the Aristotelian Tradition, University of Notre Dame, May 2017. , Presented, 2017.
  • Are Living Things Beings, Changes, or Both? Matter, Composition, and Biological Unity in Aristotle, University of Utah Tanner Humanities Center Work-In-Progress talk. , Presented, 2017.
    http://thc.utah.edu/lectures-programs/works-in-pro...
  • Matter in Biology: An Aristotelian Metaphysics for Contemporary Homology, at Theology and the Philosophy of Science: Analytic, Scholastic, and Historical Perspectives (Concordia University of Edmonton). , Presented, 2016.
    http://thomistica.net/news/2016/7/17/concordia-uni...
  • "An Anti-Reductive Biological Homology Concept," at Science, Philosophy, and Religious Commitment: Catholic Engagement in Philosophy of Science (University of St. Thomas). , Presented, 2016.
    http://www.stthomas.edu/philosophy/ceposconference...
  • “The Primacy of the Organism: Matter and Teleology,” Philosophy Department research presentation, Gonzaga University (Spokane, Washington). , Presented, 2014.
  • “The Primacy of the Organism: Diversification, Matter, and Teleology,” Philosophy Department research presentation, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minnesota). , Presented, 2014.
  • “The Primacy of the Organism: Matter, Teleology, and Homology,” Philosophy Department research presentation, The University of Utah. , Presented, 2014.
  • “Aristotle’s Hylomorphism: Diversification and Generation,” Philosophy Department research presentation, King’s College Philosophy Department. , Presented, 2014.
  • "Diversifying Socrates and Callias: Constituent Ontology without Derivative Diversification," Wake Forest University Workshop on Hylemorphism, June 2-8, 2013. , Presented, 2013.
  • “Distinguishing Universals from Particulars: Historical Contexts, Contemporary Debates, and Methodology,” presented for the Notre Dame Workshop in the History of Philosophy, November 2011, University of Notre Dame. , Presented, 2011.
  • “Prime Matter, Elemental Transformation, and the Threat of Parmenides,” presented at Metaphysics: Ancient, Scholastic, Aristotelian, May-June 2010, Prague, The Czech Republic. , Presented, 2010.
  • Aristotle on the Ineliminability of Metaphysics, Utah Ancient Philosophy Circle Meeting. , Presented, 2020.
  • "Aristotle's Sciences: Inquiring into Nature and the Divine," Utah Ancient Philosophy Circle Meeting, Utah Valley University. , Presented, 2019.
  • Individuality in Metaphysics vs. Philosophy of Biology, at the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Science of Biology 2017 meeting, Institute of Biosciences of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 2017. , Presented, 2017.
  • “Are Soul and Body Distinct? Hylomorphic Unity and the Activity of Life,” Person, Soul, and Consciousness: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives, 2017 Dominican Colloquium in Berkeley, July 2017. , Presented, 2017.
  • Numerical Unity, Formal Unity, and Material Persistence in Aristotle, 2017 Mentoring Workshop for Pre-Tenure Women Faculty in Philosophy (University of Utah), June 2017. , Presented, 2017.
  • "Organismal Generation Then and Now: The Persistence and Development of Aristotelian Matter," Worlds Apart? Aristotelian and Contemporary Engagement in Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Biology (University of Utah). , Presented, 2016.
    http://annesiebels.wix.com/peterson#!blank/cm8a
  • “Reproduction, Form, and Organism in Aristotle’s Metaphysics and Biology,” presented at the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology 2015 Conference, University of Quebec at Montreal, July 2015. , Presented, 2015.
    https://ishpssb2015.uqam.ca/programs/detailed-prog...
  • “Aristotle’s Physics II.8: Coincidence, Empedocles, and Evolutionary Theory,” presented at the Intermountain Philosophy Conference, Utah State University. , Presented, 2014.
    https://usuphilosophy.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/...
  • “Matter and Form, Number and Nows: An Analogy for Understanding Aristotle’s Account of Time,” presented at the Third International Conference on Philosophy sponsored by the Athens Institute for Education and Research, June 2008, Athens, Greece. , Presented, 2008.
  • Change We Can Believe In: Continuity, Discontinuity, and Fidelity. "Development of Doctrine: Revelation, Magisterium, and Human Reason" conference, with Brandon R. Peterson. Rochester, New York. , Presented, 2021.
    https://www.stbernards.edu/events/development-of-d...
  • "Aristotle on the Ineliminability of Metaphysics," 2019 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, for the session "Aristotle vs. Emergentism? The Roots of Anti-Reductionism". , Presented, 2019.
    https://www.apaonline.org/page/2019P_program
  • Conceptual Obscurity and Metaphysical Methodology, at the 2017 Midsummer Philosophy Workshop, University of Leeds, England, June 2017. , Presented, 2017.
    http://midsummerphilosophy.squarespace.com/
  • "What Happens to Aristotle's Origin of Change?" 16th Annual Meeting of the Ancient Philosophy Society (Portland, Maine). , Presented, 2016.
  • "A Methodological Mess: Formulating the Universal/Particular Distinction," Junior Metaphysics Workshop (Texas Christian University). , Presented, 2016.
    https://sites.google.com/site/juniormetaphysics/
  • “Aristotle’s Response to Parmenides: Matter as a Kind-Shifter,” presented at the 36th Annual Richard B. Baker Philosophy Colloquium: Teleology in Plato and Aristotle, University of Dayton, April 2015. , Presented, 2015.
  • "Diversification in Aristotle's Metaphysics: Critiquing the Traditional View," presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Ancient Philosophy Society, April 4-7, 2013, University of Notre Dame. , Presented, 2013.

Languages

  • Latin, Functional.
  • French, Functional.
  • Ancient Greek (to 1453), Fluent.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Greece

Publications

  • Anne Peterson (date unknown). “Elemental Transformation in Aristotle: Three Dilemmas for the Traditional Account,” in Metaphysics: Aristotelian, Scholastic, Analytic, ed. Novak, Novotny, Sousedik, and Svoboda (Ontos Verlag, 2013), 59-72. Accepted, .
  • Anne Siebels Peterson (date unknown). God and Hylomorphism. (pp. 322-342). Routledge. Accepted, .
  • Anne Siebels Peterson (date unknown). God and Hylomorphism. (pp. 322-342). Routledge. Accepted, .
  • Anne Siebels Peterson (date unknown). Aristotle's Sciences: Inquiring into Nature and the Divine. (pp. 45-58). Bloomsbury T&T Clark. Accepted, .
  • Anne Siebels Peterson (date unknown). Material Persistence in Aristotle's Generation of Animals. Philosophie der Antike, De Gruyter. Accepted, .
  • Anne Peterson (date unknown). “Matter and Form, Number and Nows: An Analogy for Understanding Aristotle’s Account of Time,” in An Anthology of Philosophical Studies, Athens Institute for Education and Research, ed. P. Hanna (Athens Institute for Education and Research, 2009), 37-48. Accepted, .
  • Anne Siebels Peterson (date unknown). Mysterious Bodies: Aristotelian Animal Generation and the Early Christian Doctrine of Bodily Resurrection. Journal of Ancient Philosophy. Vol. 15:2, 139-169. Accepted, .
  • Anne Siebels Peterson (date unknown). "Hylomorphism, Homology, and the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis,". Philosophy, Theology, and the Sciences. Vol. 7, 253-277. Accepted, .
  • Anne Siebels Peterson (date unknown). "The Primacy of the Organism: Being, Unity, and Diversification in Aristotle's Metaphysics," The Review of Metaphysics 70:4 (June 2017), 645-661. Accepted, .
  • Anne Siebels Peterson (date unknown). Aristotelian Explanation and Homology in Biology. Ancient Philosophy Today: Dialogoi. Vol. 2, 45-69. Accepted, .
  • Anne Siebels Peterson (date unknown). Matter in Biology: An Aristotelian Metaphysics for Contemporary Homology. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. Vol. 92:2, 353-371. Accepted, .
  • Grant Ramsey and Anne Siebels Peterson (date unknown). “Sameness in Biology,” with Grant Ramsey, Philosophy of Science 79:2 (April 2012), 255-275. Accepted, .
  • Anne Siebels Peterson (date unknown). Unity, Plurality, and Hylomorphic Composition in Aristotle's Metaphysics. Australasian Journal of Philosophy. Vol. 96:1, 1-13. Accepted, .
  • Anne Siebels Peterson (date unknown). An Aristotelian Antidote? Scientific Explanation in the Philosophy of Biology. Edinburgh University Press. Accepted, .
  • Anne Siebels Peterson (date unknown). “Ethics, Religion and Society in the Sophists,” Key Themes and Figures in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, ed. Brendan Sweetman [Gale, 2016]. Accepted, .
  • Anne Siebels Peterson (date unknown). Review of Ömer Aygün’s The Middle Included: Logos in Aristotle. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. Accepted, .