Bunting Program
Fordham University
Origins. Theories of the Beginnings of Human Life in Ancient Greek Thought


Daryl Tress is an assistant professor of philosophy at Fordham University. Her research over the past decade has concentrated on the intersection of ancient philosophy and biology. Her research has been published in Ancient Philosophy and Feminism in Ancient Philosophy.

As a Bunting Fellow, Tress will write a book that examines the background of ideas about and approaches to the question of human beginnings in Greek mythology, scientific speculation, and the medical contributions of the Hippocratic School. She will analyze Plato’s and Aristotle’s advancement of the topic of human genesis, the coming-into-being of human life, both in itself and as philosophy responds to and differs from other modes of thoughts in the ancient world. Tress argues that there is a strong continuity in the West of concepts about origins, with ancient Greek models of thought persisting well into the seventeenth century; at the same time, however, the invention of the microscope and the deepening tensions between science and religion in this era influence and transform the old models.

Tress received her PhD in philosophy from the State University of New York, Buffalo. She has received numerous honors and distinctions, including an Earheart Foundation Research Award in 1999. She also received an Ames Fund for Junior Faculty Award in 1998.

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