Katja Krause

Research Group Leader (Nov 2018-Oct 2023)

PhD, Professor, TU Berlin

Katja Krause is a historian of science and medicine, 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. 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 is currently working on a book project concerned with the notion of experience in medieval and Renaissance sciences of the living world. Her translation of Thomas Aquinas’s Commentary on Peter Lombard’s Sentences IV.49.2, with introductions and notes, will appear in autumn 2020 with Marquette University Press.


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


Knowledge Ensouled: Premodern Experience of the Natural World


Scientific Questions Then and Now


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


Selected Publications

Krause, Katja (2015). “Transforming Aristotelian philosophy : Alexander of Aphrodisias in Aquina’s early anthropology and eschatology.” Przeglad Tomistyczny 21: 175–217.

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Krause, Katja (2015). “‘Albert the Great on animal and human origin in his early works.’” Lo Sguardo 18 (2): 205–232.

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