Profile for Mary Krizan

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Specialty area(s)

Research: Ancient Greek philosophy, especially Aristotle

Teaching: Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Logic, Metaphysics (historical and contemporary), Philosophy of Language

Brief biography

I first became interested in philosophy while I was an undergraduate at Michigan State University studying political science in preparation for law school. I enjoyed learning about the history of political theory in my political science classes, and was especially drawn to Plato and Aristotle. I decided to take a few philosophy classes as program electives, and figured out what I really wanted to do with my life: become a scholar of ancient Greek philosophy!

After finishing my classes at Michigan State, I spent a summer in Texas learning classical Greek and then moved to Colorado for my MA and PhD. My first job was in sunny Southern California at Cal State Fullerton, my second job was at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, and I joined the faculty at UW-L in Fall 2013.

I'm always available during my office hours to talk about philosophy, as well as other topics including cats, giant puppies, bicycles, and Big 10 football (especially Michigan State, but Nebraska is OK too). If you have questions about the philosophy major or minor, stop by!

Current courses at UWL

PHL 101: Introduction to Logic

PHL 205: History of Ancient Philosophy

PHL 310: Metaphysics


Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Colorado, Boulder (2010)
M.A., Philosophy, University of Colorado, Boulder (2006)

Intensive Classical Greek (non-degree), University of Texas, Austin (2003)

B.A., Political Science, Michigan State University (2003)
B.A., Philosophy, Michigan State University (2003)

Teaching history

At UW-L:
PHL 101: Introduction to Logic

PHL 205: Ancient Philosophy

PHL 206: Modern Philosophy

PHL 302: Symbolic Logic

PHL 310: Metaphysics

PHL 311: Philosophy of Language

PHL 313: Philosophy and Science Fiction

PHL 496: Integrative Seminar

Professional history

Assistant Professor, Philosophy, UW-L: 2013-Present
Assistant Professor, Philosophy, Spring Hill College (Mobile, AL): 2011-2013
Visiting Assistant Professor, Philosophy, California State University, Fullerton: 2010-2011
Graduate Part-Time Instructor, University of Colorado, Boulder: 2007-2010

Research and publishing

Current research interests:

I'm currently working on a monograph titled Aristotle's Material Elements

More generally, I'm interested in Aristotle's theory of matter, Aristotle's philosophy of mathematics, and, theories of matter in later Neoplatonism.

For more details (including links to recent publications), please visit my website.

Articles in print:

“Mixture and the Formation of Homoeomers in On Generation and Corruption II.7”, in V. Caston, ed. Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 54, 2018: 187-226.

“Primary Qualities and Aristotle’s Elements” Ancient Philosophy 38(1), 2018: 91-112.

“Prime Matter Without Extension” Journal of the History of Philosophy 54(4), 2016: 523-546.

“Elemental structure and the transformation of the elements in On Generation and Corruption II.4” in B. Inwood, ed. Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 45, 2013: 195-224.

“Substantial change and the limiting case of Aristotelian matter” History of Philosophy Quarterly 30(4), 2013: 293-310.

Conference Proceedings:

"Corpses, Seeds, and Statues: The Relation Between Potentiality and Possibility in Aristotle's Metaphysics and De Interpretatione" Newsletters for the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy 7(1), 2006: 27-31.

Book Reviews:

Review of Thomas Kjeller Johansen, The Powers of Aristotle’s Soul  Journal of the History of Philosophy 52(1), 2014: 162-163.

Review of Luca Castignoli, Ancient Self-Refutation, Augustinian Studies 42(2), 2011: 316-319.