Prime matter: The Ontological Stakes of Physical Endurance

28 February 2020
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, Room 2249a

Programme

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


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: discussion


Session 3 Chair: Elena Baltuta

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


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