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Senior Faculty

adamsonmusaph Peter Adamson was previously Professor of Philosophy at King’s College, London. He has published on Aristotle, Plotinus, al-Farabi and other members of the Baghdad School, Avicenna, and Averroes. A special focus of research is the output of the translation circle of al-Kindi, on which he has written The Arabic Plotinus: a Philosophical Study of the "Theology of Aristotle" (Duckworth, 2002) and Great Medieval Thinkers: al-Kindi (OUP, 2007) He is also editor or co-editor of  several books, including The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy (2004) and Philosophy, Science and Exegesis in Greek, Arabic and Latin Commentaries (Institute for Classical Studies, 2004). Website
primavesimusaph Oliver Primavesi Website
Bild_Rapp_Juni 2014 Christof Rapp studied philosophy, ancient Greek, logic and philosophy of science in Tübingen and Munich. He obtained his doctorate at LMU, Munich in 1993 and completed his Habilitation in Tübingen in 2000. After that, he took up the Chair for Ancient and Contemporary Philosophy at HU-Berlin, where he was also co-director of the TOPOI excellence cluster. Since 2009, he has held the Chair for Ancient Philosophy and Rhetoric at LMU, where he is also academic director of the Center for Advanced Studies. Christof Rapp has written books on the identity and persistence of substance, the presocratics, Aristotle and Epicurus. He has published a translation and commentary of Aristotle’s Rhetoric and (with Tim Wagner) a translation with introduction of Aristotle’s Topics. In addition, he has published articles throughout ancient philosophy, as well as edited several anthologies and handbooks. Website

Junior Faculty

anagnostopoulosmusaph Andreas Anagnostopoulos received his B.A. (Philosophy, Mathematics) and Ph.D. (Philosophy) from the University of California, Berkeley. He has recently published “Change in Aristotle’s Physics III” (OSAP 39, 2010), “Senses of Dunamis and the Structure of Aristotle’s Metaphysics Theta” (Phronesis, 2011), and "Aristotle's Parmenidean Dilemma" (Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie). His research interests are in ancient metaphysics, natural science and psychology, especially in Aristotle. He also maintains broad interests in contemporary analytic philosophy. Website
bruellmannmusaph Philipp Brüllmann studied Philosophy and Musicology in Tübingen and did his doctoral work at HU-Berlin. A book based on his dissertation, “Die Theorie des Guten in Aristoteles’ Nikomachischer Ethik” has recently been published. His research focus is on ancient ethics (especially Aristotle and Stoicism) and its relationship to modern moral philosophy. In this context, he is particularly interested in the connections between ethics and other parts of philosophy. In addition, he is working on naturalism in contemporary ethics. Another field of interest is the philosophy of music. Website
digiovannimusaph Matteo Di Giovanni received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (2008), with a dissertation on substance in Averroes’s commentary on Aristotle’s Metaphysics, Book Zeta: Arabic-English translation and philosophical commentary. He is close to submitting a dissertation comprising the first critical edition and textual analysis of part of the Metaphysics in Arabic Translation (supervisor: Dimitri Gutas) for a Ph.D. in Graeco-Arabic Studies at Yale University. He has been a visiting scholar at UCL London, the Thomas Institut of Cologne University, and the IFPO of Damascus. Among his recent publications is “Averroes and Philosophy in Islamic Spain” in the Oxford Handbook of Medieval Philosophy. Website
hansberger_musaph Rotraud Hansberger studied in Münster, Saarbrücken and Oxford. She obtained her doctorate at the University of Oxford with a thesis on the Arabic adaptation of Aristotle’s Parva Naturalia. After that, she held a Research Fellowship at King’s College, Cambridge, followed by a position as a Research Associate at King’s College, London, where she was linked to the Leverhulme-funded project ‘Natural Philosophy in the Islamic World’. Her main areas of research are the Graeco-Arabic transmission and medieval Arabic philosophy, with particular interests in philosophical psychology and ethics. Website
pfeiffermusaph Christian Pfeiffer studied philosophy and greek at the Humboldt Universität, the Freie Universität in Berlin and the University of Edinburgh. He received his Magister Artium in 2008 (Thesis: Denken und Denkobjekt - Die Aristotelische Theorie des NOUS in De Anima). His Ph.D thesis is on Aristotle's theory of Bodies. His research interests are in ancient philosophy, in particular Aristotle. Systematically, he is interested in metaphysics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind. Website

Graduate Students

benevichmusaph Fedor Benevich completed his B.A. in Byzantine and Greek studies at St. Petersburg State University and received in 2013 his M.A. in Islamic Studies at the Universität Tübingen with a thesis on the theory of universals in 11th century Arabic speculative theology (kalām). His interests lie in the philosophy of late antiquity and of the Arabic Islamic World, especially in metaphysics and epistemology. Currently he is writing his PhD thesis on Avicenna’s concept of scientific knowledge, in particular, his Posterior Analytics (al-Burhān).
dianamusaph Diego Diana - I began my studies in classical philology in 2002 at the Università degli Studi di Verona, where I completed my Bachelor’s degree in 2005. Between 2007 and 2010 I completed my master’s degree in Greek at the Humboldt University, Berlin. My master’s thesis was an enquiry into the philosophical works of the emperor Julian the Apostate and his theological thought. Since September 2010 I have been a Ph.D. student at MUSAΦ in Munich. My interests are focused on neoplatonic philosophy; the topic of my dissertation is Porphyry and his theory of the soul.
antoniomusaphklein Antonio Ferro received his M.A. degree in Philosophy from the University of Bologna. After one year as a graduate student at TOPOI (HU Berlin), he took up a position as teaching assistant at the LMU. He is currently writing a dissertation on the explanatory role of matter within the broader context of Aristotle´s scientific methodology and doctrine of natural teleology, with a particular emphasis on his theory of animal locomotion. His interests range from Plato (esp. the Sophist), Aristotle and Stoic logic to analytic philosophy of language and formal semantics. He has recently published a monograph on Plato´s theory of predication in the Sophist (in Italian). Website
fluegelmusaph Katja Flügel studied philosophy and ancient greek at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She received her Magister Artium in 2010 (Thesis: Das Verhältnis der Charaktere Theophrasts zu den ethischen Schriften und der Rhetorik des Aristoteles). Since 2010, she has been working as a teaching assistant in the Department of Philosophy at the LMU and writing her dissertation on the theory of Lexis in Aristotle and Theophrastus. Her research interests are in Peripatetic and Hellenistic Ethics and Rhetoric.Website
jongreig Jonathan Greig studied at Thomas Aquinas College in California, receiving a BA in Liberal Arts in 2010, and he also studied at the University of Edinburgh, receiving an MSc in Ancient Philosophy in 2013, as well as an MSc by Research in Philosophy in 2014. Jonathan is currently doing doctoral research under Peter Adamson in late Neoplatonic metaphysics, with a focus on the first principle's transcendence and immanence as a factor in the latter's causality between Proclus, Damascius, and Pseudo-Dionysius. In addition, Jonathan is interested in metaphysics, Aristotle, ancient commentary tradition, and Aristotelian/Neoplatonic influences in Byzantine and Latin thought.
isepymusaph Peter Isépy obtained his Staatsexamen in Classics and Pedagogy at the LMU München in 2010. As research assistant (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) of Prof. Oliver Primavesi he spent a year in Rome for manuscript studies at the Greek College and the Vatican Library and in 2011 received the diploma in Greek Paleography at the Scuola Vaticana di Paleografia, Diplomatica e Archivistica. Peter wrote his Ph.D. thesis on the textual transmission of Aristotle’s De motu animalium, namely the importance of the Latin tradition for the Greek text.
jas_musaph Mareike Jas - I received my MA in classical philology at the Freie Universität in Berlin with a thesis on “Platonic Elements in Aristotle’s De Interpretatione 16a21-9 - The Commentaries of Ammonius and Boethius.” In 2011 I took up a position as a research assistant at the LMU Department of Classics and began my doctoral studies. My dissertation concerns the manuscript transmission of Pseudo-Galen’s Historia Philosophia and I am preparing a new edition of this work. My research interests lie in paleography as well as in ancient philosophy, in particular, the representation of the relation between Plato and Aristotle in the ancient commentators.
lammermusaph Andreas Lammer studied philosophy and German language and literature at the University of Würzburg. In 2009, he received his master's degree in philosophy from King's College London. He has worked as a research assistant at the Thomas Institute of the University of Cologne and taught undergraduate courses at the universities of Würzburg, Cologne, and Jena. His primary interests are in ancient and Arabic natural philosophy, with a special focus on Aristotle and Avicenna. He is currently writing his Ph.D. thesis on the Arabic reception of Avicenna's Physics in the thirteenth century under the supervision of Peter Adamson and Dag N. Hasse. Website
marilu Marilù Papandreou received in May 2014 her M.A. degree in the History of Ancient Philosophy from the University of Milan, with a thesis on the notion of artefacta in Aristotle’s Physics and Metaphysics. In October 2014 she moved to MUSAΦ as a doctoral student. Her Ph.D. thesis concerns the ontological and epistemological status of artifacts in Aristotle. Her research interests are ancient natural philosophy, epistemology and metaphysics, theory of substance and theory of definition, especially in Aristotle. She is also interested in the relation between Plato’s and Aristotle’s theories of knowledge and those of contemporary philosophy.
trentini musaph Sirio Trentini - In my graduate studies at the Sapienza University (Rome, Italy) I specialized in Philosophy and wrote my Master’s thesis on Anaximander of Miletus. I maintain a broad interest in the history of metaphysics from the Presocratics to contemporary philosophy. My research field is ancient philosophy from the Ionians to Aristotle, and stretches to the reception of Aristotle in the late Antiquity and in the Middle Ages. My secondary study interests are Arabic language, classical philology and German philosophical historiography of the Nineteenth century. My PhD project concerns the concept of steresis (privation) in Aristotle’s thought.
AvL2 2 Annika von Lüpke studied Philosophy and History at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Upon completing the Staatsexamen she worked as a Research Assistant for the Topoi Exzellenzcluster in Berlin. In January 2011 she moved to the LMU as a doctoral student in Philosophy. She is writing a dissertation on the concept of nature in Aristotle’s Politics.
vogiatzi Melpomeni Vogiatzi studied at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where she received her BA in Classics in June 2011 and her MA in History of Philosophy in October 2013 (Thesis: “Aristotle's De anima A: Translation and Commentary”). She is currently writing her dissertation on the ancient commentaries on Aristotle's Rhetoric at LMU under the supervision of Christof Rapp. Her research interests are in ancient theories of soul and the reception of Aristotle in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.

Fellows and Visitors

castellimusaph Laura M. Castelli studied in Pisa, Tübingen and Oxford. She received her Ph.D. from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa in 2008. After her PhD she has worked at the Scuola Normale and at the University of Oxford (Exeter College, Faculty of Philosophy). She is joining the faculty with a Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship, which she has been awarded for a project on Aristotle’s and Alexander of Aphrodisias’s analysis of dialogical argumentation. She is the author of various publications on Aristotle, Plato and the history of Aristotelianism, the most relevant of which are Problems and Paradigms of Unity. Aristotle’s accounts of the one, Iternational Aristotle Studies, Academia Verlag 2010, and Aristotle, Metaphysics Iota. Introduction, translation and notes, Clarendon Press, in preparation. Her main areas of interest are metaphysics and theory of argumentation.
chiara2musaph Chiara Ferella studied classical philology and literature at Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia in L’Aquila, with a master's thesis on the Derveni Papyrus. She completed her dissertation, “L’ampia Natura di Empedocle” (Empedocles’ wide Nature) in Pisa and has been a visiting researcher at Cambridge (2008) and here at LMU. As a postdoctoral fellow of MUSAΦ, she is revising her dissertation for publication and working on Empedocles’ biology and zoogony and their reception in Presocratic philosophy, Hippocratic texts, Plato and Aristotle. She has broad interests in Presocratic philosophy, Greek religion and ancient medicine. Her publications include “Il papiro di Derveni e le Teogonie Orfiche” (SCO 54, 2008) and “Il giorno spietato e l’esilio dagli dei: a proposito di alcuni frammenti demonologici” (forthcoming).
engertmusaph Mirjam Engert Kotwick is a postdoctoral fellow. She has recently filed her dissertation on Alexander of Aphrodisias’ Commentary on Aristotle’s Metaphysics. The question she addresses is how the text of the Metaphysics that Alexander uses in the third century A.D. and his commentary on it are related to our manuscript tradition of the Metaphysics, of which the earliest witness dates from the ninth century A.D. Another field of special interest is the transmission and reconstruction of the theogonic poetry ascribed to the mythical author Orpheus, on which she has recently published "Reconstructing Ancient Constructions of the Orphic Theogony" (Classical Quarterly 64.1, 2014). Website
meyerthmusaph Thomas Meyer studied Philosophy, Modern German Literature, and Classics in Munich. He obtained his doctorate at LMU, Munich, in 2003 and completed his Habilitation at LMU in 2009. He received fellowships from and held guest and visiting professorships at the Max-Weber-Kolleg, Erfurt, Karl Franzens University Graz, ETH Zurich, University of Chicago, Vanderbilt University Nashville, Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, and Boston University. He published and edited several book on Jewish philosophy and theology, and is now finishing an intellectual biography on Leo Strauss (with C.H. Beck Publishing House, Munich).

noblemusaph Christopher Isaac Noble received his B.A. in Classics from The University of Chicago and his Ph.D. in Classics from Princeton University, where he was a member of the Program in Classical Philosophy. His research focuses on Later Platonism, and in particular on the transformations of Platonic and Aristotelian psychology and physics in Late Antiquity. His first articles “Plotinus’ Unaffectible Matter” (Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy), "How Plotinus’ Soul Animates his Body: The Argument for the Soul-Trace at Ennead IV.4.18.1-9" (Phronesis), and “Topsy-Turvy World: Circular Motion, Contrariety, and Aristotle’s Unwinding Spheres” (Apeiron) have appeared recently. His current project is a monograph on Neoplatonist theories of the emotions. Before coming the LMU, Christopher was Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Colgate University and a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Website

Previous Graduate Students, Fellows, Visitors and Faculty

Cordula Bachmann

Nicola Carraro

Alan Code

Gabriele Galluzzo

Pieter Sjoerd Hasper

George Karamanolis

Beatrice Lienemann

Charlotte Murgier

Sebastian Odzuck