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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1034: Matter Matters: Albertus Magnus on the Subject Matter of Natural Philosophy

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:'Human Being as a Crosspoint: The Beginnings of the Modern Concept of Man in the Middle Ages' Project, Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca
Organiser:Evelina Miteva, Philosophisches Seminar, Universität zu Köln
Moderator/Chair:Evelina Miteva, Philosophisches Seminar, Universität zu Köln
Paper 1034-aMateriality and Method in Albert the Great's Natural Science
(Language: English)
Vlad-Lucian Ile, Centre d'Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance, Université François Rabelais, Tours / Centrul de filosofie antică şi medievală, Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca
Index terms: Philosophy, Science
Paper 1034-bMaterial Souls and Human Soul: Albert the Great's Notion of Incohatio Formarum
(Language: English)
Lars Reuke, Thomas-Institut, Universität zu Köln
Index terms: Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Philosophy, Science
Paper 1034-cWhat Are Dreams Made Of?: Albertus Magnus on the Materiality of Dreams
(Language: English)
Andrei Bereschi, Catedra de Istoria Filosofiei Antice şi Medievale, Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca
Index terms: Art History - General, Philosophy, Science

Matter poses a specific and significant problem to medieval philosophers. It is contingent, transient and proper to singular bodies. How could we then make a universal and necessary statement about a material entity? Moreover, if one is to establish a science about the material things, as Albertus Magnus, the question of its foundations becomes crucial. How can natural philosophy be formulated as a necessary science? How materiality can bring about an immaterial substance like the soul? What is the materiality of spiritual entities like words or dreams? And does materiality limit freedom? These are some of the questions that the four speakers are going to discuss in this session, sketching the way Albertus Magnus related to the concept of matter in his natural philosophy.