The Galen Project


23 - 24 April 2019
A.W. de Groot-kamer, Trans 10 0.19, Utrecht.

Workshop: “Ancient Life Sciences: Aristotelian and Hellenistic Approaches.”

The international workshop “Ancient Life Sciences: Aristotelian and Hellenistic Approaches” – hosted by Dr. Inna Kupreeva and Prof. Tieleman –  included papers concerned with the foundations of thinking about life and living beings, from Aristotle to Alexander of Aphrodisias, with special reference to the reception of Aristotelian biology: Hellenistic philosophers and medical scientists anchored their innovations in Aristotelian biology or developed their theories in conscious opposition to it.


Tuesday 23 April:

10.00-11.00: dr. Jason Carter (Edinburgh): ‘Aristotle on the Origins of Life and the Destruction of Species.’

11.15-12.15: dr. Simon Trepanier (Edinburgh): ‘Epicurus on the Elements of Life.’


13.30-14.30: dr. Aistė Čelkytė (Utrecht): ‘Asclepiades of Bithynia on the Soul.’

14.45-15.45: dr. Ben Harriman (Edinburgh): ‘Seneca on Whether the Virtues Are Animals.’


Wednesday 24 April:

10.00-11.00: Robert Vinkesteijn MA (Utrecht): ‘The Substance of the Soul in Galen.’

11.15-12.15: dr. Inna Kupreeva (Edinburgh/Utrecht): ‘Alexander against the Soul’s Self-Motion.’



Venue: A.W. de Groot-kamer, Trans 10, 0.19.


This workshop was made possible by the generous support of the Leverhulme Trust, OFR, the Descartes Centre for the History of the Sciences and Humanities, the Galen Project and the Anchoring Innovation Research Program.