PROFILE-rgkrause-Tracy Wietecha

Tracy Wietecha

Postdoctoral Scholar (Mai 2021-Sep 2024)

Tracy Wietecha is a postdoctoral fellow in the Max Planck Working Group “Experience in the Premodern Sciences of Soul and Body,” specializing in medieval philosophy and the history of premodern science and philosophy.

Tracy was the 2020 Lorenz Bausch fellow at the Leopoldina National Academy of Science in Halle (Saale), Germany. She completed her doctorate in February 2021 at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München with a dissertation on the ethical commentaries of the thirteenth-century natural scientist and philosopher Albert the Great. She holds an MA in philosophy from Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) and an MA in sacred theology from Sacred Heart Major Seminary (Detroit, Michigan).

Tracy’s current research examines how German scientists encountered the Latin Americas. She also organizes a working group that brings together scholars from the MPIWG and the Leopoldina, “Experiencing Nature through Old and New Epistemes around the Globe.” Tracy has taught courses at the LMU and Bard College Berlin. She is currently a guest lecturer at the Technische Universität Berlin. In the upcoming semester she will teach the course “Exploring the Roots: A History of Botany from Antiquity to Early Modernity.” Tracy serves as the Spokesperson for the Max Planck Society PostdocNet.



  •  "Losing Foreignness: Johann Sigismund Elsholtz on the Meaning of Plants in the Pleasure Gardens of Berlin," Notes and Records, 28 Februrary 2024.

  • “On Method in Reading the De ente et essentia,” International Philosophical Quarterly 56 (2016), 155-170.

  • “Albert the Great’s Ethical Commentaries and Al-Farabi’s De Intellectu.”  In Homo – Natura – Mundus: Human Beings and their Relationships. Proceedings to XIV SIEPM International Congress, ed. Roberto Hofmeister Pich. Brepols, 2020: 339–350.

  • Katja Krause and Tracy Wietecha, “Albert the Great on Negative-Mystical.

    Theology as the Summit of Science,” Oxford Handbook of Apophatic Theology. Oxford University Press (in press).


Epistemology in the Making: A Cultural History of the Academia Naturae Curiosorum (Leopoldina)


Experiencing Nature through Old and New Epistemes around the Globe


German Scientists, their Observationes, and Ties to the Latin Americas in the Seventeenth Century


The Role of the Senses in Albert the Great’s Doctrine of Noetic Development


Selected Publications

Wietecha, Tracy (2024). “Losing Foreignness: Johann Sigismund Elsholtz on the Meaning of Plants in the Pleasure Gardens of Berlin.” Notes and Records, February 28, 2024.

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Krause, Katja and Tracy Wietecha (2023). “Wissenschaft und Erfahrung: Wissenschaftsgeschichte neu geschrieben.” In Jahrbuch der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Digital edition. München: Max Planck Gesellschaft.

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Wietecha, Tracy (2021). “Review of: Bertolacci, Amos and Gabriele Galluzzo (Eds): Documenti e studi sulla tradizione filosofica medievale XXX. Florence: Sismel 2019.” Early Science and Medicine 26 (4): 383–386.…

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Wietecha, Tracy (2020). “Review of: Soto-Bruna, María Jesús (Ed.): Causality and Resemblance: Medieval Approaches to the Explanation of Nature. Hildesheim: Olms 2018.” Revista Española de Filosofía Medieval 27 (2): 222–226.…

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Past Events

Summer Colloquium

The Ninth-Century Transmission of Greek Philosophy into the Arabic-Speaking World and the Emergence of Baghdadian Rationalism: Coming to a Proper Judgement of the Place of Ḥunayn ibn Isḥāq (CE 808-877)


Postdoc Meeting


Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Teaching Seminar Course: Circulation of Knowledge in Early Modern Iberia and its World: themes in Science, Technology, and Society

Technical University Berlin, Fermany

Teaching Seminar Course: Science and Medicine in the Latin Americas, ca. 1400-1700

Technical University Berlin, Germany

Intellectual Perfection in Albert the Great’s Ethica

Aquinas and the Arabs International Working Group Conference

Teaching Seminar Course: Medieval Conceptions of Happiness

Bard College, Berlin, Germany

Colloquium Series: German Scientists, their Observationes, and Institutional Ties to the „New World“ in the Seventeenth Century

Leopoldina Zentrum für Wissenschaftsforschung

Knowledge Migration and a Failed Botany: The Role of Non-Scientists in the Collection of American Botanical Specimens in the Late Eighteenth Century

Symposium with the MPIWG and Northumbria University New Castle.“Migration – Innovation: 1500 to the Present”

Albert the Great on Negative-Mystical Theology as the Summit of Science

Circle of Dionysius.Symposium on Aquinas’ Exposition of the Divine Names

Becoming a Moral Subject: civilitas in Albert the Great’s Ethical Commentaries

University of Fribourg, Switzerland.Albert the Great on the Human Being: An Interdisciplinary Colloquium

In Search of New Worlds: How German Scientists Encountered the Latin Americas

Freie Universität Berlin.Forschungskolloquium zur Geschichte der Frühen Neuzeit.

Exploring the Roots: A History of Botany from Antiquity to Early Modernity

Technische Universität Berlin.Teaching

Nachrichten & Presse

 Spring 2024: Library Publications Slam event in pictures.


Gast-Doktorandin Tracy Wietecha erhält Leopoldina Bausch-Stipendium 2020