Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Department of Philosophy - Philosophy, Science and the Sciences

Jonathan Beere


Spokesperson of the Research Training Group 'Philosophy, Science and the Sciences'



Jonathan Beere received the B.A. in History and Philosophy of Natural Sciences at the University of Chicago in 1995 and two years later the B.A. Literae Humaniores at Oxford University.

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In 2003 he achieved his PhD at Princeton University; the subject of his thesis was "The Priority of Active Being: An Interpretation of Aristotle's Metaphysics IX".

2004-2007 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 2011.



Research Fields

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Moral Psychology
  • Philosophy of Action
  • Philosophy of Mathematics
  • Kant, Wittgenstein

In addition to his regular teaching and administrative duties in the Department of Philosophy, Jonathan Beere is Co-Founder and Director of the Graduate Program in Ancient Philosophy and Spokesperson of Area D (Theory and Science) of 'Excellence Cluster Topoi - The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations'.


Selected Publications

  • Counting the Unmoved Movers: Astronomy and Explanation in Aristotle’s Metaphysics XII.8, in: Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 2003. [pdf]
  • Potentiality and the Matter of Composite Substance, in: Phronesis 2006. [pdf]
  • The Priority in Being of Energeia, in: Dynamis. Autour de la puissance chez Aristote (ed. by M. Crubellier, A. Jaulin, D. Lefebvre, P.-M. Morel) 2008. [pdf]
  • Doing & Being: An Interpretation of Aristotle’s Metaphysics IX (Oxford University Press, 2010).
  • Faking Wisdom: Plato on Sophistry as an Expertise, in an edited volume on Wisdom in Antiquity (ed. by K. Vogt, W. Mann - to be published 2010).
  • Philosophy, Virtue and Immortality in Plato's Phaedo (forthcoming, Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, 2011).
  • Thinking Thinking Thinking: On God's Self-thinking in Aristotle's Metaphysics XII.9 [pdf]



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