William Harvey, Exercitationes de generatione animalium. Quibus accedunt quaedam de partu: de membranis ac humoribis uteri: et de conceptione, Amstelodami: Lud. Elzevir 1651, frontispiece.


Experience in the Premodern Sciences of Soul & Body ca. 800–1650

Research Group Leader Katja Krause

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Research Group Leader

Research Group Leader (1 Nov 2018-31 Oct 2023)

PhD, Professor, TU Berlin

Knowledge Ensouled: Premodern Experience of the Natural World


Service & Administrators

Editorial Assistant (1 Mar 2020-31 Oct 2023)


Premodern Sciences of Soul & Body


Digital Content Curator (1 Oct 2021-31 Oct 2023)

The Virtual Sourcebook: A Global History of Experience


Affiliated Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2021-31 Oct 2022)


The Physician's Album Amicorum: Humanist Cultures of Knowledge Networking


Affiliated Scholar (17 May 2022-16 Jun 2022)

Can Illustrations Help to Know God? The Case of Hildegard of Bingen’s Rupertsberg Codex

Visiting Scholar (15 Apr 2022-14 Jul 2022)

Figures of the Invisible: Geometrical Icons in Renaissance Christian Humanism, 1300-1600

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Aug 2021-31 Jul 2022)

Mathematics, the Body and the Soul: Nicolaus Steno and the Search for Certainty in the 17th Century


Visiting Scholar (Jun 2022-30 Jun 2022)

Prof. Dr.

History of Experience of the Aristotelian and Medical Traditions in Antiquity


Visiting Scholar (1 Oct 2020-30 Sep 2021)

Child Development and its Histories


Predoctoral Fellow (1 Nov 2018-31 Oct 2022)

Definition and Division in Medieval Latin Commentaries on Aristotle’s Historia Animalium and De Partibus Animalium

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2021-30 Sep 2022)


Experience as a Way to Certain Knowledge in Islamic Thought


Affiliated Scholar (15 Feb 2022-25 Aug 2022)


Passionate Knowledge: The New Science and the Early Modern State


Visiting Scholar (Feb 2022-28 Feb 2022)

Prof. Dr.

Matter, Causation, and Experimental Knowledge in Early Modern Scholastic Natural Science from Colonial Chile and Ecuador

Affiliated Scholar (1 Jul 2022-5 Aug 2022)


Galen’s Philosophic Science in the Compendium of the Timaeus according to the Arabic Translation of Ḥunayn ibn Isḥāq (CE 808-877)

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Nov 2021-31 Dec 2021)


Sesible Taxonomies Medieval Accounts of Animal Perception

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Jan 2022-30 Jun 2022)


Hortus Indicus Malalbaricus: The Euroasian Life of a Seventeenth-Century "European" Botanical Classic


Visiting Scholar (1 May 2022-31 Aug 2022)

PhD, Alexander von Humboldt Fellow

Medieval Ingenium: Knowledge, Experience, and Technology


Affiliated Scholar (11 Jul 2022-19 Aug 2022)


Epidemic Temporalities: Time and Desease in Medieval Islamic Medicine

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Feb 2022-31 Oct 2023)


Heilkunde oder Philosophie? Die syrische Überlieferung der Medizin zwischen Empirie und Tradition

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (15 May 2022-14 Nov 2022)

Congenital Anomalies in Medieval French Romance and Medicine

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Mar 2020-31 Oct 2023)

The Coimbra Commentaries' Doctrine of Sense Perception


Postdoctoral Fellow (1 May 2021-31 Jul 2023)

German Scientists, their Observations, and Institutional Ties to the New World in the Seventeenth Century


External Advisors

This Research Group is complemented by an interdisciplinary board of external advisors, including:

Peter Adamson (LMU Munich), Dong Xiu Yuang (Shandong University), Steven Harvey (Bar-Ilan University), Roberto Hofmeister Pich (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul), Luís Lopez-Farjeat (UP Mexico), José Meirinhos (Universidade do Porto), Yosef Schwartz (Cohn Institute, Tel Aviv University), Loris Sturlese (Università del Salento), and Richard Taylor (Marquette University).



We work in close collaboration with the following existing research projects:

  • Heirs of Avicenna and Natur in politischen Ordnungsentwürfen (both LMU Munich)
  • Animal Rationale Mortale, Petrus Hispanus medicus, and From Data to Wisdom (Universidade do Porto)
  • Aquinas and “the Arabs” International Working Group
  • Making Mysticism (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg) (completed)