People

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 that examine 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 Pre-Modern Sciences of Soul and Body, ca. 800-1650,” jointly with a professorship at the Technische Universität Berlin. She is currently working on a book project, which is concerned with the notion of experience in medieval and Renaissance sciences of the living world.

Projects

Knowledge Ensouled: Premodern Experience of the Natural World

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

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Selected Publications

Krause, K. (2019). Unfassbar. In M. Fend, A. Te Heesen, C. v. Oertzen, & F. Vidal (Eds.), Surprise: 107 variations on the unexpected (pp. 210-213). Berlin: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

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Krause, K., & Anzulewicz, H. (2019). From content to method: the 'Liber de causis' in Albert the Great. In D. Calma (Ed.), Reading Proclus and the 'Book of causes'. Vol. 1: Western scholarly networks and debates (pp. 180-208). Leiden: Brill. doi…

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Anzulewicz, H., & Krause, K. (2018). Albert der Große und sein holistisches Konzept menschlicher Erkenntnis. In T. Iremadze, & U. R. Jeck (Eds.), Veritas et subtilitas: truth and subtlety in the history of philosophy; essays in memory of…

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Krause, K. (2015). “Albert the Great on animal and human origin in his early works”. Lo Sguardo, 18(2), 205-232.

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Media

Events

Premodern Conversations Series

Modeling Premodern Theories of Mind

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Premodern Conversations Series

The Poetry of Sanskrit Astronomy: The "King among Canons" by the One called "Eternal Bliss"

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Premodern Conversations Series

The Vernacular Sciences in Southwest India

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Premodern Conversations Series

Optical Diagrams as Paper Tools: Giambattista Della Porta and the Beginnings of Modern Optics

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Antoni van Leeuwenhoek and His Images and Draughtsmen

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