Aristotle assumes that entities have powers (dynameis). To him, fire has the power to warm things up, people have the power to act, and so on. Yet powers have often been regarded as mysterious throughout the history of philosophy. What are they after all? In this talk, I will ask this question to Aristotle himself. I will discuss how he accounts for his central notion of power and whether this account provides him with an answer to the objection that powers are mysterious after all.

Simona Aimar completed her doctoral studies at Oxford University and is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at University College London. She has been a visiting scholar at NYU and the Harvard Centre for Hellenic Studies, among other places. Her work focuses on Aristotle’s metaphysics of modality (notions like necessity and possibility), as well as on contemporary metaphysics and semantics. She also connects her work with issues in philosophy of mind and social philosophy.

Respondent: Benjamin Morison, Philosophy