Phil Corkum


Areas of Specialization

Ancient Philosophy, Metaphysics

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, University of Alberta, 2011-

Assistant Professor, University of Alberta, 2005-11

Visiting Instructor, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2004-5


Ph.D., Philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles, 2006

M.A., Philosophy, University of London, United Kingdom, 1996

M.A., Classics, Dalhousie University, Canada, 1994

B.A., Classics, Dalhousie University, 1991


Neo-Aristotelian Metaphysics. Cambridge Elements in Metaphysics. Under contract with Cambridge University Press.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters


A Mereological Reading of the Dictum de Omni et Nullo. [preprint]

Aristotle on the Individuation of Syllogisms. [draft]

Aristotle on Artifactual Substances. [offprint]

Ancient, in Routledge Handbook of Metaphysical Grounding. [draft]

This. [offprint]

Empty Negations and Existential Import in Aristotle. [article] [offprint]

Ontological Dependence and Grounding in Aristotle. [article]

Aristotle on Predication. [preprint]

Critical Notice of Peramatzis, Priority in Aristotle's Metaphysics. [preprint]

Substance and Independence in Aristotle. [preprint]

Aristotle on Mathematical Truth. [article] [offprint]

Aristotle on Nonsubstantial Individuals. [article] [offprint]

Aristotle on Ontological Dependence. [article] [offprint]

Metaphysics etc.

Philosophy’s Past: Cognitive Values and the History of Philosophy. [offprint]

Is ‘Cause’ Ambiguous? [offprint]

Salience and Metaphysical Explanation. [preprint]

Presentism, Truthmakers and Distributional Properties. [offprint]

I work on, and teach, ancient philosophy and metaphysics. My historical research has been on Aristotle's ontology, metaphysics of properties, semantics, philosophy of logic and philosophy of mathematics. My recent contemporary research has been on the role of cognitive values within metaphysical explanation, the context sensitivity of causal statements, and the demarcation and methodology of neo-Aristotelianism. Although I have independent interests in both ancient philosophy and metaphysics, I also view contemporary metaphysics as in part an important tool for historical research, and historical research as in part a valuable contribution to our understanding of living philosophical issues. 


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