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Katja Krause

Research Group Leader (Nov 2018-Okt 2026)

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Katja Krause is a historian of science and a philosopher specializing in medieval thought and beyond. She received her PhD in 2014 from King’s College London for her dissertation entitled “Aquinas’ Philosophy of the Beatific Vision: A Textual Analysis of his Commentary on the Sentences in Light of Its Greek, Arabic, and Latin Sources.” After her doctorate, Krause was awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, where she worked on a series of articles examining the empirical turn of the thirteenth century that emerged from the appropriation of Averroes’ commentaries on the corpus Aristotelicum. In 2016/17 she served as Assistant Professor in Medieval Thought at Durham University, UK, and in 2017/18 was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Divinity School, supported by the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina – Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften. Katja Krause is currently Leader of the Max Planck Research Group “Experience in the Premodern Sciences of Soul & Body, ca. 800–1650,” jointly with a professorship at the Technische Universität Berlin.

Katja Krause has recently completed the edited volumes Premodern Experience of the Natural World in Translation (edited with Maria Auxent and Dror Weil, Routledge 2022) and Contextualizing Premodern Philosophy: Explorations of the Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, and Latin Traditions (edited with Luis Xavier López-Farjeat and Nicholas Oschman, Routledge 2023); the volume Albert the Great and His Arabic Sources: Medieval Science between Inheritance and Emergence (edited with Richard C. Taylor) is in press. Her translation of Thomas Aquinas’s Commentary on Peter Lombard’s Sentences IV.49.2, with introductions and notes, appeared in autumn 2020 with Marquette University Press.

Projekte

Albert the Great on the Human Being

MEHR

Experiencing Nature through Old and New Epistemes around the Globe

MEHR

Knowing Nerves: Neural Epistemologies from the Ancient World to the Present

MEHR

Knowledge Ensouled: Premodern Experience of the Natural World

MEHR

Scientific Questions Then and Now

MEHR

Coming to their Senses: The Averroist Turn and the Rise of "Empiricism" in the Thirteenth Century

MEHR

Experience in Translation: Making Sense of Nature in the Premodern World

MEHR

Selected Publications

Krause, Katja, Luis Xavier López-Farjeat, and Nicholas A. Oschman (2023). “Narrating Premodern Philosophy in Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, and Latin: Origins, Developments, Innovations.” In Contextualizing Premodern Philosophy: Explorations of the Greek,…

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Krause, Katja, Luis Xavier López Farjeat, and Nicholas A. Oschman, eds. (2023). Contextualizing Premodern Philosophy: Explorations of the Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, and Latin Traditions. New York, NY: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003309895.

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Krause, Katja (2022). “Medieval Philosophy of Nature Popularized? Albert the Great’s ‘De animalibus.’” In The Popularization of Philosophy in Medieval Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, ed. M. Abram, S. Harvey, and L. Muehletaler, 185–199. Turnhout:…

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Krause, Katja (2022). “The Epistemic Authority of Translations: Albert the Great, Thomas Aquinas, and John Buridan on Aristotle’s ‘empeiria.’” In Premodern Experience of the Natural World in Translation, ed. K. Krause, M. Auxent, and D. Weil, 58–73…

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