Prime matter: The Ontological Stakes of Physical Endurance

A workshop on theories of matter and prime matter with the participation of Elena BALTUTA, Salvatore CARANNANTE, Vincenzo CARLOTTA, Yael KEDAR, Andreas LAMMER, Silvia MANZO, Cesare PASTORINO, Nicola POLLONI and Cecilia TRIFOGLI.

28 February 2020

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 6, Room 2249a


9.00-9.30: Conference opening

Session 1
Chair: Yael Kedar

9.30-10.00: Vincenzo Carlotta (HU Berlin), Dividing the Indivisible: The Material Substrate of the Four Elements in Byzantine Alchemy.

10.00-10.30: Andreas Lammer (Universität Trier), The Being of Matter before and after Avicenna: New Light on Greek and Arabic Sources.

10.30-11.00: Nicola Polloni (HU Berlin), Original, First, or Prime: 12th-century Perspectives on Matter, with and without Aristotle.

11.00-11.45: discussion

11.45-13.30: Lunch break

Session 2
Chair: Andreas Lammer

13.30-14.00: Elena Baltuta (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj), What’s the Matter with Prime Matter? Aquinas vs Kilwardby.

14.00-14.30: Yael Kedar (Tel Hai), Dimensions, Quantity and Geometry in Roger Bacon’s Conception of Matter.

14.30-15.00: Salvatore Carannante (Scuola Normale di Pisa), “The Common Mother of Every Generated Thing.” Leone Ebreo’s Doctrine of Prime Matter.

15.00-15.45: discussion

15.45-16.15: break

Session 3
Chair: Salvatore Carannante

16.15-16.45: Silvia Manzo (Universidad Nacional de La Plata), Francis Bacon on Rebellious Matter and the Order of Nature

16.45-17.15: Cesare Pastorino (TU Berlin), Experimenting on the Weight of Things: Johannes Kepler on Specific Gravities

17.15-17.45: discussion

17.45-18.00: break

Keynote lecture

18.00-19.00: Cecilia Trifogli (Oxford), Matter as Principle of Change.

Attendance is free: all are welcome to join the workshop!