on the Border of Civilizations

Towards a Critical Edition of the Metaphysics of Avicenna



24 March 2017
Tommaso Alpina speaks of Avicenna’s treatment of nutrition in psychology and medicine in an International Conference


International Conference "Nutrition and Nutritive Soul in Aristotle and Aristotelianism", Berlin, Humboldt-Universität - Institut für Philosophie, 22-24 March 2017, org. Roberto Lo Presti and Giouli Korobili (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)




Wednesday 22 March: Humboldt-Universität zum Berlin Hauptgebäude (R. 2249a)

18.00: Introduction

Keynote Speaker James Lennox (University of Pittsburgh): ‘The most natural of functions’: reproduction as a nutritive function

19.30: Reception


Thursday 23 March: Humboldt-Universität zum Berlin Hannoversche Str. 6 (R. 1.03)

9.30-10.30: Mary-Louise Gill (Brown University), Aristotle on nutrition and self-maintenance

10.45-11.45: Richard King (University of Bern), Nutrition and hylomorphism in Aristotle

11.45-12-15: Coffee Break

12.15-13.15: Andrea Libero Carbone (Indipendent Researcher), Why do not animals grow on without end? Aristotle on nutrition and form

13.30-15.00: Lunch Break

15.00-16.00: David Lefebvre (Blaise Pascal University Clermont-Ferrand), Growth and generation in Generation of animals II 4

16.15-17.15: Hynek Bartoš (Charles University Prague), Vital heat and digestion in Aristotle and his medical predecessors

17.15-17.45: Coffee Break

17.45-18.45: Giouli Korobili (Humboldt-Universität of Berlin), Aristotle on the role of heat in plant life

20.00: Conference Dinner


Friday 24 March: Humboldt-Universität zum Berlin Hannoversche Str. 6 (R. 1.03)

9.30:10.30: Gweltaz Guyomarc'h (Lyon III University), Dividing an apple. Nutritive soul and parts of the soul in Alexander of Aphrodisias

10.45-11-45: Tommaso Alpina (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa), Avicenna’s treatment of nutrition in psychology and medicine: Intersection or Subalternation?

11.45-12.15: Coffee Break

12.15-13-15: Bernd Roling (Freie University of Berlin), Animals out of body: debates on the hibernation of animals in early modern times

13.30-15.00: Lunch Break

15.00-16.00: Christoph Sander (Technical University of Berlin), Nutrition and magnetism. Early modern perspectives on an odd couple

16.15-17.15: Andreas Blank (Paderborn University/Bard College Berlin), Antonio Ponce de Santacruz on nutrition and the question of emergence

17.30-18.00: Final Discussion