Arabic Philosophy, Culture, and History (JProf. Dr. Andreas Lammer)

In its research and teaching activities, this junior professorship explores the philosophical and theological currents in the Islamic world primarily from the second/eighth century up until the late so-called Middle Ages around the eighth/fourteenth century. Additionally, it investigates the reception and further development of ancient science and philosophy in Arabic and Persian works as well as the influence of Arabic scientific literature on the European intellectual tradition during the period of Latin Scholasticism.

Systematically, the focus of attention is on questions and themes from within the field of natural philosophy especially insofar as they pertain to the relation between physics and metaphysics as well as to the foundation of perception and knowledge and, ultimately, to the human desire and constant endeavour to understand nature and our place in it.


Arabic Reading Groups

Events and Guest Lectures

  • 08 July 2021, 7–9pm, online
    Prof. Dr. Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute, London): “The Varieties of Astrological Instruction Books in Manuscript and Print” (TriKo Summer Talks 2021)
  • 24 June 2021, 7–9pm, online
    Prof. Dr. James Hankins (Harvard University): “The Historico-Prudential Method in Humanist Political Philosophy: The Case of Francesco Patrizi of Siena” (TriKo Summer Talks 2021)
  • 18 June 2021, 2–4pm, online
    Prof. Dr. Cristina Viano (CNRS, Centre Léon Robin): “Olympiodore et le commentaire aux Météorologica: amicus Aristoteles, amicus Plato sed magis amica veritas” (METEΩPA research group)
  • 05 May 2021, 6–8pm, online
    Prof. Dr. Barbara Sattler (Ruhr-Universität Bochum): “Eine Zeit für alles: Die Vereinheitlichung der Zeitvorstellungen in der griechischen Antike” (lecture series “Konfigurationen der Zeit”)
  • 01 June – 13 July 2021, online
    III. International Meeting of the Avicenna Study Group on “Surveying the summae: Comparisons and Contrasts among Avicenna‘s Eight Main Works” (funded by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung)
  • 06 May 2021, 7–9pm, online
    Prof. Dr. Beate Fricke (Universität Bern): “Wissen über die Welt: Illuminationen in enzyklopädischen Traktaten des Spätmittelalters” (TriKo Summer Talks 2021)
  • 05 May 2021, 6–8pm, online
    Dr. Ilya Levkovich (Universität zu Köln): “Das Rätsel der Zeit im Werk des R. Abraham Bar Ḥiyya” (lecture series “Konfigurationen der Zeit”)
  • 22 April 2021, 7–9pm, online
    Prof. Dr. Christina Van Dyke (Calvin College, Grand Rapids): “Information Coding in Medieval Visionary Literature: Truth Hiding in Deep Sight?” (TriKo Summer Talks 2021)
  • 16 April 2021, 2–4pm, online
    Prof. Dr. Craig Martin (Università Ca’ Foscari Venice): “Pierre Gassendi’s Meteorology: Humanism, History, and Observation” (METEΩPA research group)
  • 26 February 2021, 6–8pm Uhr, online
    Prof. Dr. Malcolm Wilson (University of Oregon): “The Metaphysics of Meteorology” (METEΩPA research group)
  • 05 February 2021, 4–6pm Uhr, online
    Prof. Dr. Robert Mayhew (Seton Hall University): “Early Peripatetic Treatments of Wind (ἄνεμος, πνεῦμα)” (METEΩPA research group)
  • 05 February 2020, 6–8pm, Room A 8
    Leah D. Rotsia, M.A. (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München): “Ancient Greek Meteorology and the Aristotelian Doctrine ” (Transmare research colloquium, winter 2019/20)
  • 22 January 2020, 6–8pm Uhr c.t., Raum A 8
    Prof. Dr. Claus Zittel (University of Stuttgart/Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia): “Die Form des Wassers: Descartes‘ Theorien zur Entstehung von Wolken, Wetter und Wellen” (Transmare research colloquium, winter 2019/20)
  • 08 January 2020, 6–8pm, Room A 8
    Prof. Dr. Anne Lawrence-Mathers (University of Reading, England): “Medieval Meteorology: Forecasting the Weather from Aristotle to the Almanac” (Transmare research colloquium, winter 2019/20)
  • 04 December 2019, 6–8pm, Room A 8
    Laura Borghetti, M.A. (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz): “Die byzantinischen Winde zwischen Naturkunde und literarischer Dimension” (Transmare research colloquium, winter 2019/20)
  • 06 November 2019, 6–8pm, Room A 8
    Dr. Marilina Cesario (Queen's University Belfast, Nordirland): “Reading and Interpreting the Wind in the Middle Ages” (Transmare research colloquium, winter 2019/20)
  • 28–29 June 2019, Room V 302
    XII. Dies quodlibetalis of the “Gesellschaft für Philosophie des Mittel­ters und der Renaissance” (GPMR)
  • 22 May 2019, 4–6pm, Room B 17
    Prof. Dr. Jari Kaukua (University of Jyväskylä, Finland): “The Principle of Sufficient Reason and Necessitarianism in Avicenna”