Reading Group on Theories of Matter

~ Winter Semester 2019 ~

Scattered Matter:
Atoms and Reality According to Nicholas of Autrecourt

Contact: pollonin@hu-berlin.de

Is reality a continuous dimension or a cluster of discrete entities? And what is reality, if such a question can be even asked? This semester’s reading group on matter will engage with these key philosophical questions in relation to a very particular medieval author, Nicholas of Autrecourt (1299-1369). The group will meet once a week on Friday at 11am (cum tempore) to read and discuss together Nicholas of Autrecourt’s Universal Treatise (Exigit Ordo).

The reading group will be in English. At 2.30pm, the group will gather again for an additional meeting in which invited international scholars will give lectures on topics related to the problems discussed during the reading group.

This is an open reading group. If you are interested on the topic and would like to join us (also via Skype), feel free to get in touch at pollonin@hu-berlin.de.


Calendar

18 October 2019 at 12.00 in room 231

Introduction and introductions


25 October 2019 at 11.00 in room 231

Prologues to the Universal Treatise

discussed by Larissa Gniffke.


1 November 2019 at 11.00 in room 231

The eternity of things

discussed by Yudi Jiang.


8 November 2019 at 11.00 in room 231

Indivisibles

discussed by Shivani Agrhari, Vincenzo Carlotta, and Rosa Matera.


15 November 2019 at 11.00 in room 231

The vacuum + Material substance and quantity

discussed by Han Thomas Adriaenssen.


29 November 2019 at 11.00 in room 231

Movement

discussed by Elena Baltuta.


6 December 2019 at 11.00 in room 231

Whether everything which appears is + Whether exactly the same thing can be seen clearly and obscurely

Discussed by Dominic Dold.


12 December 2019 at 11.00 in room 231

Imaginable beings + The intellect

discussed by Ed Reno.


19 December 2019 at 11.00 in room 231

Whether the same cause can produce specifically different effects

discussed by Nicola Polloni.