Mark Schiefsky is C. Lois P. Grove Professor of the Classics at Harvard University. He is a historian of philosophy and science in the ancient world. Most of his work is concerned with the ways in which philosophy interacted with science in Greco-Roman antiquity: how philosophical theories shaped and were shaped by scientific inquiry in various domains, including medicine, mechanics, mathematics, and astronomy. His 2005 book studies these themes in the case of one of the most important and influential texts of the Hippocratic Corpus, On Ancient Medicine. This book also reflects his longstanding interest in the concept of techne, “art” or “expertise”, which informs and motivates much of his work on philosophical and scientific texts. He is interested both in what philosophers like Plato and Aristotle said techne is and in what practitioners of the various disciplines took it to be.

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