Pascal Massie

Dr. Pascal MassieAssociate Professor of Philosophy; Director of the Graduate Program

Ancient philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Contemporary Continental Philosophy

Ph.D. Vanderbilt

My areas of interest are primarily in ancient and medieval philosophy. More specifically, I work on Aristotle, Neo-Platonism and Duns Scotus on metaphysical issues such as actuality and possibility, the unity of being, time and eternity. In addition, I am interested in contemporary continental philosophy and political theory. These interests are connected by the conviction that philosophical problems and conceptual distinctions have a temporal dimension (which is not equivalent to simply embracing historical relativism), and that pre-modern thought opens up ways of thinking critically about our own contemporary condition.

Representative Publications


Contingency, Time and Possibility, An Essay on Aristotle and Duns Scotus, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books 2010

  •  “Touching, Thinking, Being: The Sense of Touch in Aristotle’s De anima and its Implications” Existentia, Vol. 23, 1-2, 2013 pp. 155-174
  •  “Philosophy and Ataraxia in Sextus Empiricus” Peitho Examina Antiqua, Vol. 1 # 4, 2013 pp. 211-234
  •  “Between Past and Future: Aristotle and the Division of Time” Epoche, Vol. 12, # 2, Spring 2009 pp. 317-329
  •  “Achard of Saint Victor and Primordial Plurality” The Saint Anselm Journal, Vol. 5, # 2 Spring 2008 pp. 1-18
  •  “The Actual Infinite as a Day or the Game” The Review of Metaphysics Vol. 60 # 3, March 2007
  •  “The Secret and the Neuter: on Heidegger and Blanchot” Research in Phenomenology    Vol. 37, # 1 February 2007 pp. 32-55
  •  “Duns Scotus and the Nature of Time” The Saint Anselm Journal, Vol3. #2, Spring 2006
  •  “Saving Contingency: The nature of Ockham’s Objection to Duns Scotus,” Epoche, Vol. 8, # 2 Spring 2004 pp. 333-350
  •  “The Irony of Chance (On Aristotle’s Physics B 4-6)” International Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 43, #1 March 2003 pp. 15-28