Graduate Student; Graduate Student Rep to Rackham Student Forum; Ancient Workshop Organizer; Ancient Reading Group Organizer
Sean M. Costello is a doctoral candidate in the Program in Ancient Philosophy, where he is writing a dissertation on ‘Aristotle on the Unity of Consciousness’. Victor Caston is the chair of his committee, which is also composed of Sean Kelsey (Notre Dame), Tad Schmaltz, and Richard Janko.
He holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in ancient philosophy from the University of Oxford (Hertford College).
His primary research interests lie in understanding, through the lens of the history of philosophy, how the world metaphysically is and how it is that we, as living beings, navigate and psychologically experience it. His current work focuses on issues regarding perception (especially visual perception), memory, imagination (φαντασία), and consciousness in the writings of figures such as Plato, Chrysippus, Anne Conway, and – especially – Aristotle.
- 'Nocturnal Vision in Plato's Timaeus'. Ancient Philosophy. forthcoming.
- 'Anne Conway on Memory'. British Journal for the History of Philosophy. forthcoming. Available here.
- 'Aristotle on Light and Vision: An "Ecological" Interpretation'. Apeiron (55.2). 247-279. Available here.
- Early Modern Philosophy
- Medieval Philosophy
- Philosophy of Mind