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

Research Group Leader Katja Krause

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Our research approach lies in considering the epistemic negotiations of voluntary and involuntary dynamics and stabilizations. What are the dominant patterns between premodern scientific experience and its contexts? What influences can be found between these diffusive and interactive spaces? How and why did these developments influence (trans-)formations of premodern scientific ideals and practices of experience?

Research is undertaken through three large thematic frameworks:

  1. Aristotelian experience and how it develops in the Islamic World (800–1200 and beyond)
  2.  Aristotelian experience and how it travels in and beyond Europe (1150–1550)
  3.  Aristotelian experience and how it discovers the world (1520–1650)

Under a Foundational Themes Module (FTM) we also raise overarching methodological questions of interdisciplinary relevance. Three working groups, each with 12–15 researchers, will meet repeatedly over the course of five years. Together with the postdoctoral researchers, the Working Groups will create state-of-the-art collected volumes on key themes such as Translation, Theory and Practice, and Materialities and Institutions, as well as a textbook with primary sources on the global history of premodern experience in the sciences of soul and body.