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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
chrapp 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

alpinamusaph Tommaso Alpina is Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in the ERC project “Animals in the Philosophy of the Islamic World”, led by Peter Adamson. He received his M.A. (Philosophy) from the University of Pisa, and his diploma di licenza (Philosophy) and his Ph.D. (Philosophy) from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa. He also studied Arabic at the University of Jordan (Amman), and has been a visiting student at the University of Cambridge, St. John’s College (2013), and at the École normale supérieure de Lyon and Paris (2014). Before joining MUSAPh he held a four-year Research Fellowship at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa. His first book “Subject, Definition, Activity. The Epistemological Status of the Science of the Soul in Avicenna” is forthcoming in the series Scientia Graeco-Arabica by De Gruyter. His main areas of research are the reception of Aristotelian philosophical psychology and zoology in Arabic philosophy, notably in Avicenna, and the connections between natural philosophy and medicine. Website.
anagnostopoulosmusaph Andreas Anagnostopoulos received his B.A. (Philosophy, Mathematics) and Ph.D. (Philosophy) from the University of California, Berkeley. 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.
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
hauermusaph Mareike Hauer studied in Cologne and Paris and received the Magistra Artium from the University of Cologne with a thesis on the motion of atoms in early ancient atomism. She was a doctoral student at KU Leuven and a research visitor at the University of Notre Dame. She received her PhD from the KU Leuven in 2018 with a thesis on Simplicius’ account of qualitative properties in his commentary on Aristotle’s Categories. Her main areas of research are ancient and especially late ancient philosophy of nature and metaphysics. Website
isepymusaph Peter Isépy is Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter at the Classics Department (Chair of Greek Philology I, Prof. O. Primavesi). After his studies in Classics and Greek Palaeography in Munich and Rome he obtained his PhD in 2013 at the LMU Munich with a study on the Medieval Latin tradition of Aristotle’s De motu animalium and its importance for the Greek text. After that, he held a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. Currently he is writing his habilitation thesis on the originally iambic Chrestomatheiai of Helladios (4th c. AD), which are only transmitted through a prose epitome in Photios’s Bibliotheke (cap. 279). His main areas of research are the textual tradition of Aristotle, wisdom literature and lexica of late antiquity, and Greek manuscript studies. Website
papandreoumusaph Marilu Papandreou received her B.A. (Philosophy) and M.A. (Philosophical Sciences) from the State University of Milan. In 2018, she obtained her Ph.D. in Ancient Philosophy at the LMU (MUSAPh) with a thesis on Aristotle’s ontology of artefacts. Her research interests are ancient metaphysics and natural philosophy, especially Aristotle and the history of Aristotelianism. She is also interested in contemporary metaphysics and its relation to that of Aristotle. Website
prapamusaph Christina Prapa, Akademische Rätin at the Classics Department (Chair of Greek Philology Prof. Dr. O. Primavesi) studied Greek Philology (ancient, byzantine, modern) and Linguistics in Athens and Berlin (Freie Universität) and received an M.A. in Classics with a thesis "The term hēdonē in Plato’s Laws and Aristotle’s Poetics". With fellowships from the DAAD and the Onassis Foundation, she completed doctoral studies (Athens, HU-Berlin) with a dissertation on Ptolemy’s Geōgraphikē Hyphēgēsis III (historical elements, textual transmission, scholia). She has worked on the transmission of diagrams in manuscripts of Aristotle’s natural philosophy (TOPOI Berlin) and on the textual transmission of Aristotle’s Metaphysics and De motu animalium (Aristoteles Archiv Berlin & LMU). Currently she is working on the projects, "Aristotle’s De motu animalium" and "Editing Metaphysics". Website
sommamusaph Bethany Somma is a postdoc in the ERC project “Animals in Philosophy of the Islamic World.” They completed their BA in Philosophy and Classics at Belmont University (Nashville, TN), MA in Philosophy at Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA), and PhD in Philosophy through a cotutelle between LMU Munich and Duquesne University. Their research interests are in animal ethics, nonrationality in philosophy, and Andalusian thought.
vogiatzi Melpomeni Vogiatzi received her BA (Classics) and MA (History of Philosophy) at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She received her PhD from LMU (Musaph) in 2018 with a thesis on the Byzantine commentaries on Aristotle’s Rhetoric (supervised by Prof. Ch.Rapp). Currently, she is a research assosiate (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiterin) at the Lehrstuhl VI für Spätantike und arabische Philosophie (Prof. P. Adamson). Her main research interests are in ancient ethics and psychology, especially in Aristotle, and their reception in late antiquity and Byzantium. Website
AvL2 2 Annika v. Lüpke studied philosophy, history and education in Berlin, Valparaiso, Munich and Chicago. Upon completing the Staatsexamen at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin (Thesis: Childhood in Aristophanes) she worked as a research assistant for the Excellence Cluster „Topoi: The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations" in Berlin and at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich (Chair: Prof. Christof Rapp). Since 2013, she has held a position in the DFG Research Group „The Role of Nature in Conceptualizing Political Order: Ancient – Medieval – Early Modern“. Since obtaining her doctorate, she is now working on education in ancient Greek. Her primary research interests are in ancient Greek philosophy and literature, political philosophy, ethics and education. Website

Graduate Students

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).
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
lamprakismusaph Alexander Lamprakis studied Philosophy, Classics and Islamic Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, where he received his M.A. in 2017. In October 2018, he moved as a doctoral student to the Munich School of Ancient Philosophy. His dissertation project, under the supervision of Peter Adamson, concerns the Late Ancient Greek and Arabic Reception of Aristotle’s Topics and Posterior Analytics with a special focus on al-Fārābī and Avicenna. His research interests include ancient and modern theory of science, epistemology, theory of education, logic, metaphysics and the reception of Aristotle and Plato in the Greek, Syriac and Arabic tradition of commentary.
pavonimusaph Caterina Pavoni received both her B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Pisa, while at the Scuola Normale she focused on the study of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy. She joined Musaph as a doctoral student in October 2019 and she is currently writing her dissertation on issues related to Aristotle's theories of definition in the central books of the Metaphysics.
rotsiadimoumusaph Leah D. Rotsia studied at Panteion University of Athens, where she received her BA. She also studied at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and at CEU, where she received an MA in History of Philosophy and an MA in Philosophy, respectively. She is currently writing her dissertation on Aristotle's Meteorology at LMU under the supervision of Christof Rapp. Her research interests are in ancient natural philosophy and epistemology, with an emphasis upon scientific method.
fabianruge Fabian Ruge received his B.A. in Philosophy and Latin from Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg in September 2015, with a thesis on Stoic determinism in Cicero's De Fato, and his M.A. in Philosophy from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in October 2017, with a thesis on perception in Stoic epistemology. He joined MUSAΦ as a PhD student in November 2017. His interests include Stoic philosophy, Academic and Pyrrhonian Scepticism, as well as contemporary epistemology. His project deals with the notions of sign and proof in Stoic logic and epistemology.
trivellizimusaph3 Lara Trivellizzi received her B.A. in Classics (2017) as well as her M.A. in Classical Philology and Ancient History (2019) from the University of Pisa, and she completed her studies at the Scuola Normale Superiore in 2019. She joined MUSAΦ as a PhD student in October 2019. She is currently writing her dissertation on the interaction between cognitive processes and the physiology of locomotion under the supervision of Christof Rapp. Her main research interests are in ancient psychology, cosmology and natural philosophy, especially in Plato and Aristotle.
vanburenmusaph Franziska van Buren received her B.A. in Philosophy and Classical Languages (2017) and her M.A. in Philosophy (2018) from Fordham University. Her research concerns Aristotelian and Neoplatonic metaphysics as well as their reception in the Middle Ages. She wrote her MA thesis on the metaphysics of Dionysius the Areopagite. She is currently writing her doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Dr. Peter Adamson on the ontological status of forms in ancient and medieval philosophy.
svirgimusaph Sarah de Mendonça Virgi studied Philosophy at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, where she further specialized in the History of Philosophy in Islam. She completed her Master's degree in Islamic Societies and Cultures and Arabic at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London (SOAS) in 2018, and recently joined the ERC project on Animals in the Islamic World. She is currently writing her doctoral thesis, under the supervision of Professor Peter Adamson, on the conceptions of the soul in kalām and falsafa, especially in the post-Avicennan period. Her main research interests are in Ancient and Medieval psychology and Medieval Islamic theology and metaphysics.

Previous Faculty, Researchers, Graduate Students, and Visitors

Cordula Bachmann

Fedor Benevich

Nicola Carraro

Alan Code

Davlat Dadikhuda

Diego Diana

Matteo DiGiovanni

Mirjam Engert Kotwick

Chiara Ferrella

Antonio Ferro

Gabriele Galluzzo

Jonathan Greig

Pieter Sjoerd Hasper

Mareike Jas

George Karamanolis

Andreas Lammer

Beatrice Lienemann

Charlotte Murgier

Christopher Noble

Sebastian Odzuck

Christian Pfeiffer

Sirio Trentini