Maribel Ramirez López M.A.
Ancient Philosophy and History of Ancient Science (APhil/HistAS)
Unter den Linden 6
08/2016 — 03/ 2019
MA in Philosophy (with honors)
Graduate Philosophy Program, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
Thesis: The theory of unmoved movers as principles of eternity of Aristotle’s Metaphysics Lambda.
08/2018 — 01/2019
Research assistant- MA level
Institute of Philosophical Research, UNAM
Project: Platonism and stoicism in the ancient theory of the rationality of the
08/2017 — 01/2018
Six Months Research Stay, McGill University, Graduate Research Trainee
01/2015 — 01/2016
Research Assistant- BA level
The Intelligent Cosmos. Stoic theories about the rationality of the cosmos and its origin in Plato
08/2015 — 08/2019
Member of the Fellow Students Program, Institute of Philosophical Research,
08/2010 — 02/2012
BA in Philosophy (with honors)
Faculty of Philosophy, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
Thesis: Aristotle’s theory of principles in Metaphysics A
Final causes in Plato’s and Aristotle’s cosmology: Aristotle’s criticism of final causes in the Timaeus.
My dissertation project focuses on the role of final causes in Plato’s and Aristotle’s cosmology. My interest is, on the one hand, to determine the common features and differences on the concept of final cause of both philosophers in their philosophy of nature. On the other hand, I discuss Aristotle’s criticism of final causes as presented in the Timaeus. I discuss the critiques of the cosmic soul and Nous as principles of movement and goodness in De Anima I 3-4 , De Caelo II 1 and Metaphysics Lambda . I also dedicate the final section of the dissertation to Aristotle’s criticism on Plato’s final causes in living beings, the teleology in perception i.e. sight and hearing, and the role of final causes in animal functions, such as breathing, irrigation and nourishment.