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05.06.2018

On Aristotle’s ‚Generation of Animals‘ ― a Comprehensive Approach

International Conference

In the 4th century BCE, the philosopher Aristotle founded biology as a discipline which followed a scientific method. He not only conducted intensive empirical studies in the field of zoology, but also aimed to explain why certain biological phenomena occur. Thereby, his late work “On generation of animals” (De generatione animalium) is dedicated to the explanations of processes of generation and heredity. In his time, and already before, there was a vivid discussion amongst scholars, especially amongst the Presocratic philosophers and the Hippocratic authors, in which way reproduction functioned, what the female contribution was (because the female eggcell was far from being discovered) and how it could be that children are similar to their parents. In discussing other opinions and by using concepts from his physics and metaphysics Aristotle developed a broad approach for explaining the phenomena in which he was interested not only in human beings, but in the whole world of animals.

After having been studied more marginally over a long time the work “On generation of animals” (GA) has been attracting more attention recently, but there are still many questions left and many puzzles to solve. Therefore the conference aims to contribute to a ‘comprehensive approach’ by bringing together scholars from different countries who are specialists in this area of Aristotelian philosophy and who will give lectures about the work from different perspectives. They will focus on the Aristotelian hylemorphic thinking, on the role ‘matter’, ‘pneuma’ and ‘the hot’ play in this concept, on the relation of GA to other biological works of Aristotle and to other thinkers. Additionally, they also deal with the question in which way GA is structured, which method and which models of argumentation Aristotle uses and what the specific manner of his scientific writing is. The conference is related to a project which analyzes the structures of argumentation and the literary strategies of GA (for further information click here).

The speakers at the conference will be:

Jochen Althoff (Mainz), Thomas Busch (Marburg), Sophia Connell (London), Klaus Corcilius (Tübingen), Katharina Epstein (Freiburg), Sabine Föllinger (Marburg), Christoph Hammann (Marburg), Oliver Hellmann (Trier), Devin Henry (London/Ontario), David Lefebvre (Paris), James G. Lennox (Pittsburgh), Anne Siebels Peterson (Salt Lake City), Diana Quarantotto (Rome), Christof Rapp (München), Kurt Sier (Leipzig), James Wilberding (Berlin).

Time: From Wednesday, 22 August, 2:15 pm to Friday, 24 August, 5:00 pm.

Locations:      Alter Senatssaal, Biegenstraße 10 (Wednesday)

                    Neuer Senatssaal, Biegenstraße 12 (Thursday and Friday)

 

For the program of the conference click here.

For the poster of the conference click here.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Sabine Föllinger: E-Mail

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Zuletzt aktualisiert: 12.11.2018 · Brigitte Kappl

 
 
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