Michael T. Ferejohn

Professor of Philosophy

Contact Information
201B West Duke Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Duke Box 90743, Durham, NC 27708-0743
(919) 660-3053


Michael T. Ferejohn (Ph.D. 1976, University of California, Irvine) joined the Duke Faculty in 1983. He has taught at the University of Pittsburgh, Tufts University, Washington State University, University of Wisconsin (Parkside) and the University of Alberta and held a Mellon Faculty Fellowship at Harvard University in 1981-1982. His publications have appeared in such journals as Phronesis, American Philosophical Quarterly, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research and The Review of Metaphysics, and he has published two books on ancient greek philosophy: The Origins of Aristotelian Science (Yale University Press, 1991), and Formal Causes: Definition, Explanation, and Primacy in Socratic and Aristotelian Thought  (Oxford University Press, 2013). Professor Ferejohn directs the Duke In Greece summer program.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of California at Irvine 1976

  • M.A., University of California at Irvine 1974

  • B.A., California State University at Northridge 1968

Ferejohn, MT. The Origins of Aristotelian Science. Yale University Press, 1991.

Ferejohn, MT. "The Diagnostic Function of Socratic Definitions." In Socrates, Plato, Aristotle" Essays in Honour of G. Santas,edited by G Anagnostopoulos. 2010.

Ferejohn, M. "Empiricism and the First Principles of Aristotelian Science." In A Companion to Aristotle, 66-80. March 2, 2009. Full Text

Ferejohn, MT. "Empiricism and First Principles in Aristotle." In A Companion to Aristotle,edited by G Anagnostopoulos. Blackwell, 2009.

Ferejohn, MT. "Knowledge, Recollection, and the Forms in Republic VII." In The Blackwell Guide to Plato's Republic, 214-233. February 25, 2008. Full Text

Ferejohn, M. "Knowledge and the Forms in Plato." In A Companion to Plato, 146-161. November 30, 2007. Full Text

Ferejohn, MT. "Knowledge and the Forms." In A Companion to Plato,edited by H Benson. Blackwell, 2007.

Ferejohn, MT. "Knowledge and Recollection in the Middle Books of the Republic." In The Blackwell Guide to Plato’s Republic,edited by GX Santas. Blackwell, 2006.

Ferejohn, MT. "Perception and Dialectic in De Anima B5." In From Puzzles to Principles: Essays on Aristotle’s Dialectic,edited by M Sim. 1999.

Ferejohn, MT. "The Definition of Generated Composites in Aristotle’s Metaphysics." In Unity and Identity: The Principles of Aristotelian Substance,edited by D Charles, ML Gill, and T Scaltsas. Oxford, 1994.

Ferejohn, MT. "Logical and Physical Inquiries in Aristotle's Metaphysics." The Modern Schoolman LXXX (2003): 325-350. (Academic Article)

Ferejohn, MT. "The Immediate Premises of Aristotelian Demonstration." Ancient Philosophy XIV (1994). (Academic Article)

Ferejohn, MT. "Matter Definition, and Generation in Aristotle’s Metaphysics." Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy 10 (1994). (Academic Article)

Ferejohn, MT. "Plato and Aristotle on Negative Predication and Semantic Fragmentation." Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 71, no. 3 (1989). Full Text

Ferejohn, MT. "Meno's Paradox and De Re Knowledge in Aristotle's Theory of Demonstration." History of Philosophy Quarterly (April 1988). (Academic Article)

Ferejohn, MT. "Socratic Virtue as the Parts of Itself." Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (March 1984): 377-388. Full Text

Ferejohn, MT. "Socratic Thought-Experiments and the Unity of Virtue Paradox." Phronesis 29, no. 2 (January 1, 1984): 105-122. Full Text

Ferejohn, MT. "Definition and the Two Stages of Aristotelian Demonstration." Review of Metaphysics 36, no. 2 (December 1982): 373-395.

Ferejohn, MT. "The Unity of Virtue and the Object of Socratic Inquiry." Journal of the History of Philosophy 20, no. 1 (January 1982): 1-21.

Ferejohn, MT. "Aristotle on Necessary Truth and Logical Priority." American Philosophical Quarterly 18, no. 4 (October 1981): 285-293.


Ferejohn, MT. "Cause and Explanation in Ancient Greek Thought (Oxford 1998)." The Philosophical Review 111 (April 2002). (Review)

Ferejohn, MT. "Of G. Fine, On Ideas: Aristotle’s Criticism of Plato’s Theory of Forms (Oxford 1993)." Journal of the History of Philosophy (1996). (Review)

Ferejohn, MT. "Of B. Aune, Metaphysics: The Elements." The Philosophical Review (January 1988). (Review)

Ferejohn, MT. "Of S. Waterlow, Nature, Change, and Agency." Review of Metaphysics (December 1984). (Review)

Ferejohn, MT. "Of S. Waterlow, Passage and Possibility." Canadian Philosophical Reviews (October 1984). (Review)