Phil Corkum


Areas of Specialization

Ancient Philosophy, Metaphysics

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, University of Alberta, 2011-

Assistant Professor, University of Alberta, 2005-11

Visiting Assistant Professor, 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



Philosophy Department

2-40 Assiniboia Hall

University of Alberta

Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2E7

780 492 0621

780 492 9160 (fax)

phil DOT corkum AT ualberta DOT ca

I work on, and teach, ancient philosophy and metaphysics. My recent historical research is on Aristotle's ontology and metaphysics of properties, with excursions into his semantics, philosophy of logic, philosophy of mathematics and philosophy of mind. My recent contemporary research is on the modal status of metaphysical theses and the role of nonepistemic values within metaphysical inquiry, with consequences for philosophical methodology, the philosophy of time and the metaphysics and epistemology of modality. 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.