Dr A.H. Lammer (Andreas)
Assistant professor - History of Philosophy
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Andreas Lammer studied philosophy and German language and literature at the University of Würzburg, received his master’s degree in philosophy from King’s College London, and obtained his PhD in philosophy and Arabic studies from LMU Munich. Before his appointment at Radboud University, he worked as a research associate at the LMU and the Thomas Institute of the University of Cologne, and was Junior Professor of Arabic Philosophy, Culture, and History at Trier University.
His primary research interests are in Greek, Arabic, and Latin natural philosophy in both the Aristotelian and the Avicennian tradition, and more broadly in the transmission of philosophical and scientific literature from Greek into Arabic and from Arabic into Latin. In particular, he enjoys the metaphysical and epistemological ramifications of natural philosophy and tries to understand the greater relevance of premodern “theoretical physics” in the explanation of nature and the environment. Consequently, he investigates not only fundamental notions such as time, place, and motion, creation and eternity, as well as nature, power, elements, and bodies but also theories of rain, clouds, thunder, and lightning (and their bearing on life) in Ancient, Late Ancient, and medieval Arabic and Latin philosophy and science.
Alongside different individual projects, he is currently finalising a translation of al-Ġazālī’s masterpiece “The Incoherence of the Philosophers” from Arabic into German (Herder Publishers), devising an interdisciplinary research project on the history of meteorology as a science from Antiquity to Early Modern Europe, and translating Ps.-Aristotle’s “De plantis” from Arabic into English for the Loeb Classical Library (Harvard UP).
- Lammer, A.H. (2022). Doxography and Philosophical Method: Avicenna's Treatment of Presocratic Opinions. In A.H. Lammer & M. Jas (Eds.), Received Opinions: Doxography in Antiquity and the Islamic World Vol. 160. Philosophia Antiqua: Studies in Ancient Philosophy (pp. 302-332). Leiden/Boston: Brill doi: 10.1163/9789004504455_014
- Lammer, A.H. (2021). Now Is Not the Time: Revisiting Avicenna’s Account of the Now. Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy, 9, 77-146. doi: 10.1093/oso/9780192844637.003.0003
- Lammer, A.H. (2018). The Elements of Avicenna’s Physics: Greek Sources and Arabic Innovations (Scientia graeco-arabica, 20). Berlin/Boston: Walter de Gruyter doi: 10.1515/9783110546798
- Lammer, A.H. (2017). Eternity and Origination in the Works of Sayf al-Dīn al-Āmidī and Athīr al-Dīn al-Abharī: Two Discussions from the Seventh/Thirteenth Century. The Muslim World, 107 (3), 432-481. doi: 10.1111/muwo.12209
- Lammer, A.H. (2015). Defining Nature: From Aristotle to Philoponus to Avicenna. In A. Alwishah & J. Hayes (Eds.), Aristotle and the Arabic Tradition (pp. 121-142). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press doi: 10.1017/9781316182109.008
Research grants and prizes
- 2020 - World Award for Book of the Year More information
- 2017 - BRAIS-De Gruyter Prize in the Study of Islam and the Muslim World More information
- 2017 - Bavarian Culture Prize More information
(18 November 2017)
Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy (GPMR)