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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

Additional Faculty and Researchers

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
castellimusaph Laura M. Castelli studied Music in Como and Philosophy in Pisa, Tübingen and Oxford. She received her piano diploma from the Conservatoire of Novara in 2001 and her doctorate in Philosophy from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa in 2008. Before joining MUSAPh in 2012 as a Humboldt postdoctoral fellow, she worked at the Scuola Normale and the University of Oxford (Exeter College and Christ Church, Faculty of Philosophy). She is currently working on a project of research sponsored by the DFG on the Topics and Analytics in the Peripatetic tradition. She is the author of various publications on Aristotle, Plato and the history of Aristotelianism, including Aristotle, Metaphysics Iota. Introduction, translation and notes, in preparation for Clarendon Press. Her main research interests are in metaphysics and logic. For further details on publications and a full CV, see her 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 earned a second Ph.D. in Graeco-Arabic and Islamic Studies at Yale University (2015, William J. Horwitz Prize for continuous excellence and distinction) with a dissertation comprising the first critical edition and textual analysis of part of the Metaphysics in the Arabic translation (advisor: Dimitri Gutas). He has been a visiting scholar at UCL London, the Thomas Institut of Cologne University, and the IFPO of Damascus. Among his publications “Averroes and Philosophy in Islamic Spain” in the Oxford Handbook of Medieval Philosophy and "Interpreting Averroes: Critical Essays" (forthcoming), co-edited with Peter Adamson for Cambridge University Press.  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
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.
noblemusaph Christopher Isaac Noble received 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 that Platonic and Aristotelian psychology and physics underwent in Late Antiquity. His papers and CV can be found on his web page: Website
pfeiffermusaph Christian Pfeiffer studied Philosophy and Ancient Greek at the Humboldt Universität, the Freie Universität in Berlin and the University of Edinburgh. He received his Magister Artium in 2008. For his Ph.D he studied, as a fellow of TOPOI, at the Humboldt-University of Berlin and, as a visiting student, in Princeton. His Ph.D thesis "Aristotle's Theory of Bodies” (2012) is under contract with Oxford University Press. His research interests are in ancient philosophy, in particular Aristotle. He is also interested in contemporary metaphysics and philosophy of language. Current Research Projects include a monograph on Aristotle’s Metaphysics H as well as series of articles connected to topics in Aristotle’s Physics and Metaphysics. For more information (including recent and forthcoming publications) see his 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).
bergamo musaph Max Bergamo received his B.A. in Classics from the University of Padova in July 2013, with a thesis on the presence of Heraclitus in Plotinus, and his M.A. in Classics from the same university in September 2015, with a work entitled “Heraclitus in the Stoic Tradition: A History of Research and Critical Perspectives”. At the same time he studied at the Scuola Galileiana di Studi Superiori. His dissertation, under the supervision of Oliver Primavesi, aims to collect and evaluate the Stoic testimonies regarding Heraclitus. His interests range from the history of ancient philosophy and its tradition, both in the Arabic world and in modern philosophy (e.g. Nietzsche), to classical philology. He has published the correspondence between G. Vitelli and R. Pfeiffer, revolving around Callimachus’ papyri («Atene e Roma» VII/3-4, 2013).
dadikhuda musaph Davlat Dadikhuda studied philosophy and Islamic studies at the University of Toronto and McGill, where he did his BA and MA respectively. His interests are mainly in Arabic philosophy - with a special focus on Avicenna and the post-Avicennian tradition - as well contemporary philosophy. Currently, he is writing his PhD on Fakhr al-Din Razi’s and Nasir al-Din Tusi’s critical engagement with Avicenna’s philosophy of mind in the psychology of the Isharat under the supervision of Peter Adamson.
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.
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.
somma musaph Bethany Somma received a B.A. in Classics and Philosophy from Belmont University in 2011. She completed a four-year doctoral teaching assistantship in the Philosophy Department at Duquesne University before joining MUSAΦ in 2015. Her philosophical interest lies broadly in Neoplatonic psychology and ethics, in both Greek and Arabic traditions. Her dissertation concerns non-rational aspects of philosophical activity, specifically in the transmission and evolution of Neoplatonic thought in Andalusian philosophy.
tolkhien musaph Niels Tolkiehn studied at Hamburg University and received the Magister Artium in Philosophy and Systematic Musicology in 2014 with a thesis on Aristotle's Metaphysics Zeta 17. He has a broad interest in metaphysics ranging from the Presocratics and especially Plato and Aristotle to contemporary thinkers. In October 2015 he moved to Munich to work on his doctoral thesis, supervised by Christof Rapp, on the priority of rigidity in Aristotle's metaphysical framework. His research interests are especially focused on methodological issues in Aristotle´s physical and metaphysical works.
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.

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