Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Philosophy, Science and the Sciences

Elisa Citano

Elisa Citano

 

Project Summary:

Void in Aristotle’s Physics and in the Greek Philosophical Tradition

The aim of my project is to write a thorough and exhaustive monograph on the treatment of void in Aristotle and in the Aristotelian commentators, with focus on Philoponus.

Firstly, I will examine in depth the Aristotelian rebuttal of void contained in Physics IV 6–9 (accompanied by a philological inquiry into the constitution of the text) and analyse the reasons why his theory was not considered successful by later scholars. Secondly, I shall investigate the theories of void proposed by other ancient philosophers, both among Aristotle’s predecessors (i.e., Atomists and Pythagoreans) and successors (i.e., Stoics and Epicureans).

 

Short CV:

2019
Speaker at ‘Seminario Itinerante di Storia della Filosofia Antica: Aristotele, Fisica VIII’ at the University of L’Aquila and at the University of Bergamo        

2018/2019
Master’s Degree in Ancient Philology, Literature and History at the University of Florence with a dissertation in History of Ancient Philosophy entitled ‘Aristotle on void: an analysis of Physics IV 69’

2018
Speaker at ‘Storia della Filosofia e Scienza: una giornata di studi presso l’Università degli Studi di Milano - Dipartimento di Filosofia’

2017
Erasmus+ at the University of Oslo

2015/2016
BA Degree in Language and Literature Studies at the University of Florence with a dissertation in History of Ancient Philosophy entitled ‘The quantity in Aristotle, Categories 6’

2016
Internship at Accademia della Crusca

2008  2013
High School classical qualification at Liceo Classico Galileo, Florence

 

Contact email: citaneli@hu-berlin.de