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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Language, Literature and Humanities - Alexander von Humboldt Professorship

CV and research interests

CV

Wei Cheng was born in China, where he graduated in Chinese Literature at Peking University (Beijing, 2004). He continued his studies in Philosophy and Classics (Greek) at the University Tübingen (Germany) and received a degree of Magister Artium in 2011 under the supervision of Prof. Otfried Höffe and Prof. Michael Franz. During his studies in Tübingen, he worked as tutor at the Department of Philosophy (Dr. phil. Ina Goy, 2008-9) and gained a scholarship from the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (2008-11). Since 2011 he has been a PhD student of the APSN-Program at the Graduate Program of Ancient Philosophy at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. He spent 2013 fall semester at Princeton University, working with Prof. John Cooper and Prof. von Staden. He is also a research fellow in Prof. Philip van der Eijk’s research program “Medicine of the Mind, Philosophy of the Body” at the Department of Classics funded by the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung.

 

Research Interests

  • Ancient philosophy (Plato, Aristotle, Neo-Platonism, ancient commentaries)
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Orality and literacy in the ancient world
  • History of classical scholarship
  • Kant and early German Idealism

 

Presentations

June 2014 “Pleasure, Medicine and Hedonism: the Naturalism of Plato”, Colloquium Talk, Department of Classics, Humboldt University Berlin

May 2013 “The phusiologoi in Nicomachean Ethics 7.14”, Colloquium Talk, Graduate School of Ancient Philosophy, Humboldt University Berlin

Jan. 2013 “Medical Analogies in the Philebus”, Dissertation Colloquium, Humboldt University Berlin

Oct. 2012 “Pain and freedom from pain in Aristotle”, Colloquium Talk, Department of Classics, Humboldt University Berlin.

Jul. 2012 “Aristotle and Eudoxus in agreement?” 2nd Ancient Philosophy & Science Network Graduate Conference, Berlin

May 2012 “Phantasia, Doxa and Emotions”, Dissertation Colloquium, Humboldt University Berlin

Feb. 2012 “Die Rede des Erychymachos in Platons Symposium und die Antike Medizin”, Workshop organized by the Department of Classics (University of Tübingen) and the Department of Philosophy (University of Heidelberg) in Heiligkreuztal, Germany

Jan. 2012 “Who are the so-called enemies of Philebus”, Colloquium Talk, Graduate School of Ancient Philosophy, Humboldt University Berlin

Nov. 2010 “Individuum, persönliche Identität und Liebe: der Streit über Eros in Platons Phaidros”, Colloquium Talk, Department of Philosophy, Free University Berlin

Sept. 2009 “Nietzsche’s Basler Platon-Vorlesung im historischen Kontext”, international conference “Deutsche Philosophie: Texte und Dokumente”, Department of Philosophy, Peking University, Beijing

Jun. 2009 “Handlung, Kausalität und Verantwortung:Der Hamartia-Begriff in Aristoteles’ Poetik”, Colloquium Talk, Department of Philosophy, Free University Berlin