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Prof. Dr. Nadja Germann

Nadj Germann


Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Philosophisches Seminar, Room 1075
Platz der Universität 3
79085 Freiburg im Breisgau

Office: +49 761 203-2440


Office hour: Tuesday, 2pm (appointment via email)


Academic Curriculum

  • M.A. in Philosophy, History, Medieval Literature and Islamic Studies (Universities of Konstanz and Tübingen)
  • PhD 2005 in Philosophy (Tübingen University)
  • Research Projects and Teaching Positions in Leuven (2003–2004), Freiburg (2005–2008), Boston (2007), Yale (2008–2009; 2011–2012), Baltimore (Assistant Professor, 2009–2011), and Geneva (Adjunct Professor, 2013–2016)
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Freiburg University (2012–2017)
  • Full Professor of Philosophy at Freiburg University (2017–present)


Areas of Specialization

  • Histories of philosophy
  • Philosophies in the Middle East and the Latin Middle Ages
  • Anthropology
  • Philosophy of language
  • Epistemology and metaphysics
  • Natural philosophy and its epistemological principles


Publications (selection)


  • Philosophy and Language in the Islamic World (Philosophy in the Islamic World in Context, 2), ed. together with M. Najafi, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2021
  • The Origin and Nature of Language and Logic: Perspectives in Medieval Islamic, Jewish, and Christian Thought (Rencontres de Philosophie Médiévale, 20), ed. together with S. Harvey, Turnhout: Brepols, 2020
  • De temporum ratione. Quadrivium und Gotteserkenntnis am Beispiel Abbos von Fleury und Hermanns von Reichenau, Leiden: Brill, 2006



  • “The Power of Words: Al-Fārābī’s Philosophy of Language”, Ishraq: Islamic Philosophy Yearbook 10 (2022), pp. 193-211
  • “How to Teach Things with Words: Al-Fārābī, Māyin’s Doubt, and the Transmission of Knowledge”, Studia Graeco-Arabica 11 (2021), pp. 1-12
  • “The Structure of Knowledge: Al-Fārābī, Avicenna, and the Classification of the Sciences”, Revue de philosophie et de théologie 153 (2021), pp. 269-290
  • “Philosophers, Mystics, and Other Sages: Wisdom in Early Islamic Thought”, Philosophy East and West 71 (2021), pp. 603-623, doi:10.1353/pew.2021.0043
  • “Chartres (1-6)”, in Die Philosophie des Mittelalters, Bd. 3: 12. Jahrhundert (Grundriss der Geschichte der Philosophie), 2 vols., ed. L. Cesalli et al., Basel: Schwabe, 2021, vol. 1, pp. 456-544 und 555-566
  • “The Causes of Grammar: Ibn Jinnī on the Nature of Language” (together with Noel A. Rivera-Calero), in Philosophy and Language in the Islamic World, ed. N. Germann and M. Najafi, Berlin and Boston: de Gruyter 2021, 49-75
  • “How Do We Learn? Al-Fārābī’s Epistemology of Teaching”, in Knowledge and Education in Classical Islam: Religious Learning between Continuity and Change, 2 vols., ed. S. Günther, Leiden et al.: Brill, 2020, vol. 1, pp. 147-185
  • ... but draw not nigh this tree: Evil in Early Islamic Thought”, in Evil: A History (Oxford Philosophical Concepts), ed. A.P. Chignell, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019, pp. 198-224
  • "... près du berceau d'une religion fanatique: Al-Fārābī in Modern Historiography", in 'Outsiders' and 'Forerunners': Modern Reason and Historiographical Births of Medieval Philosophy, ed. C. König-Pralong et al., Turnhout: Brepols, 2018, pp. 27-65
  • "A Matter of Method: Al-Fārābī's Conception of Philosophy", in Language and Method: Historical and Historiographical Reflections on Medieval Thought, ed. U. Zahnd, Freiburg et al.: Rombach Verlag, 2017, pp. 11-38
  • "Imitation – Ambiguity – Discourse: Some Remarks on al-Fārābī's Philosophy of Language", in Mélanges de l'Université Saint-Joseph 66 (2015-2016), pp.135-166
  • “Al-Farabi’s Philosophy of Society and Religion”, in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Summer 2016 Edition, ed. E.N. Zalta, URL = <>
  • “Logic as the Path to Happiness: Al-Fārābī and the Divisions of the Sciences”, in Quaestio 15 (2015), pp. 15-30
  • "Natural and Revealed Religion", in The Routledge Companion to Islamic Philosophy, ed. L.X. López-Farjeat and R.C. Taylor, London and New York: Routledge, 2015, pp. 346-359


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Philosophisches Seminar
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Platz der Universität 3
79085 Freiburg im Breisgau


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