Jessica Gelber


1028-E Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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Jessica did her graduate work in philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley.  Her primary area of research is Classical Greek and Roman philosophy.  She is particularly interested in foundational issues in ancient science and medicine.  Her current projects focus on the relation between Aristotle's conception of science and his metaphysics, and on questions about the nature of causation and explanation

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“Form and Inheritance in Aristotle’s Embryology” in Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy XXXIX, Winter 2010 (

“Are Facts about Matter Primitive?” in Theory and Practice in Aristotle’s Natural Philosophy, D. Ebrey (ed.), Cambridge University Press, May 2015

Aristotle on Essence and Habitat ” in Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy XLVIIISummer 2015

“Females in Aristotle’s Embryology” (forthcoming in a volume on Aristotle’s Generation of Animals in the Critical Guides to Philosophical Works series, Cambridge University Press, eds. A. Falcon and D. Lefebvre)

“Uses of aporiai in Generation of Animals” (forthcoming in The Aporetic Tradition in Ancient Philosophy, G. Karamanolis and V. Politis (eds.), Cambridge University Press)

“Soul’s Tools” (prepared for publication in Heat, Pneuma and Soul in Ancient Philosophy and Medicine, C. King, H. Bartos (eds.), (under review at Cambridge U. Press)

“Aristotle’s Teleological Perspective in Biology” (commissioned for The Cambridge Companion to Aristotle’s Biology, in preparation)

"Two Ways of Being for an End" (Forthcoming in Phronesis:  A Journal for Ancient Philosophy.)