Dr. Tiberiu Popa studied classical languages and literature at the University of Bucharest and at the University of Amsterdam. After being awarded his MA (and teaching Greek and Latin at the University of Bucharest for one year), he embarked on a yearlong fellowship at the Hungarian Institute for Advanced Study in Budapest. As he was becoming increasingly interested in the history of philosophical and scientific ideas, he decided to continue his studies at the University of Pittsburgh, where he defended his PhD dissertation in 2005.
While Dr. Popa is a specialist in classical philosophy, his interests extend well beyond this area. At Butler University he has taught courses on philosophical topics and fields ranging from bioethics and the history and philosophy of medicine to topics that are closer to his ongoing research, including upper level courses on ancient philosophy, an honors seminar on the history of the idea of time and an upper division seminar on philosophical conceptions of nature - in addition to a variety of courses under the umbrella of Butler's Core Curriculum.
Tiberiu Popa's research and publications focus mainly on ancient philosophy and science, although some of his projects are relevant to contemporary theories and concerns (e.g. in the philosophy of time and theories of dispositions). Here are some of his publications on ancient philosophy and science:
“Elemental Varieties in the Presocratics and Beyond”, in The Reception of Presocratic Natural Philosophy in Later Classical Thought, edited by Chelsea Harry and Justin Habash; Brill 2021, 323-351
“Aristotle on Thermic Equilibrium”, in Heat, Pneuma and Soul in Ancient Philosophy and Medicine, edited by Colin King and Hynek Bartoš; Cambridge University Press 2020, 202-216
“Mechanisms: Ancient Sources”, in The Routledge Handbook of Mechanisms and Mechanical Philosophy, edited by Stuart Glennan and Phyllis Illari, Routledge, 2017, 13-25
“Zoology”, in the Blackwell Companion to Ancient Greek and Roman Science, Technology and Medicine, edited by Georgia Irby, Wiley-Blackwell, 2016, 281-295
“Observing the Invisible: Regimen I on Elemental Powers and Higher Order Dispositions”, The British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Vol. 22, Number 5, 2014, 888-907
“Scientific Method in Aristotle’s Meteorology IV”, History of Philosophy of Science, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2014, 306-334