Philosophy Professor, Nathan Powers, Receives Prestigious Fellowship

Assistant Professor Nathan Powers (Philosophy) has been awarded a research fellowship at the Humboldt University in Berlin from June 1 through July 31, 2010, as part of the German government's Exzellenzinitiative, an on-going program whose goal is “to promote top-level research” conducted in Germany. He will be joining an international line-up of scholars who are working on various aspects of ancient Greek physics.

His own work over the summer will focus on the ancient Stoics, and in particular on the way they thought about space. It was the Stoics who first conceived of physical space as “bare” extension—that is, as simply an area or volume that might or might not be occupied by a body. Prof. Powers is interested in investigating the philosophical motives that originally lay behind this influential conception.

Professor Powers received his Ph.D. from Princeton University, and has written articles on various aspects of Greek philosophy in the Hellenistic period.