Jonathan Buttaci is a native of Pittsburgh, PA where, after growing up in North Carolina, he later returned to complete a Ph.D. in philosophy. His research concerns theories of knowledge, learning, and the soul in ancient Greek philosophy, with a focus on Plato and Aristotle. He is particularly interested in Aristotle’s account of scientific inquiry and discovery in his (often neglected) biological works. A key question driving his research is the relationship between perception, habituation, and other strictly non-intellectual forms of cognition (on the one hand), and properly intellectual activities and achievements (on the other).
He not only looks to Aristotle’s scientific works to understand the interplay between intellectual and non-intellectual human activities, but also to his Rhetoric and Poetics. Man is, after all, the most mimetic of animals, accomplishing his first learnings by mimēsis. Dr. Buttaci is also interested in more recent debates in the 20th and 21st centuries on similar topics in the philosophy of mind, philosophy of knowledge, and philosophy of science. He has research projects at various stages engaging with the work of Newman, Geach, Sellars, and McDowell from the perspective of his work on Aristotle. He enjoys hiking the Appalachian forests while puzzling over the paradox of Plato's Meno, the battle rout of Posterior Analytics B.19, the intellects of de Anima III.5, and the ascent to wisdom in Metaphysics A.1.