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Prof. Dr. Nadja Germann

JProf. Dr. Nadja Germann


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

Office: +49 761 203-2440
Fax: +49 761 203-9260


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 (2009–2011), and Geneva (2013–2016)


Areas of Specialization

  • Philosophy of language and logic in classical Arabic-Islamic thought
  • Epistemology and metaphysics
  • Natural philosophy in the Latin early Middle Ages


Publications (selection)


  • De temporum ratione. Quadrivium und Gotteserkenntnis am Beispiel Abbos von Fleury und Hermanns von Reichenau, Leiden: Brill, 2006

  • University, Council, City. Intellectual Culture on the Rhine (13001550). Acts of the XIIth International Colloquium of the Société Internationale pour l'Etude de la Philosophie Médiévale, ed. together with Laurent Cesalli and Maarten J.F.M. Hoenen, Turnhout: Brepols, 2007



  • "... 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 = <http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/al-farabi-soc-rel/>
  • “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
  • "Description – Quantification – Explanation: Some Reflections on Natural Science in the Earlier Middle Ages", in Coexistence and Cooperation in the Middle Ages, (Bibliotheca dell'Officina di Studi Medievali 18), ed. A. Musco and G. Musotto, Palermo: Officina di Studi Medievali, 2014, pp. 37-58
  • “Avicennas Metaphysik”, in Islamische Philosophie im Mittelalter: Ein Handbuch, ed. H. Eichner, M. Perkams and C. Schäfer, Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2013, pp. 254-275
  • “Poeten, Propheten und Philosophen: Zu den Anfängen der arabisch-islamischen intellektuellen Kultur”, in Von septem artes zu liberal arts, ed. B. Zimmermann, Freiburg im Breisgau: Rombach Verlag, 2013, pp. 63-87
  • “Avicenna and Afterwards”, in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Philosophy, ed. J. Marenbon, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 83-105
  • “Philosophizing without Philosophy? On the Concept of Philosophy in Ibn Tufayl’s Hayy ibn Yaqzan”, in Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales 75 (2008), pp. 97-127

  • “How Can I Know? Al-Fārābī on Teaching and Learning”, in Knowledge and Education in Classical Islam, ed. S. Günther, Leiden: Brill (forthcoming)
  • "lafẓ and maʿnā", in Encyclopaedia of Islam Three, Brill Online (forthcoming)




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


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