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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



  • “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 = <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



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


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