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

Dr. Sean Coughlin

Sean Coughlin

Former Research Associate

SFB 980 "Episteme in Bewegung"



Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences

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Publications within the Project

Edited Volumes

  • The Soul is an Octopus. Ancient Ideas of Life and the Body, ed. Uta Kornmeier, with contributions by Sean Coughlin, Philip van der Eijk, Ricardo Juliao, Uta Kornmeier, Giouli Korobili, Orly Lewis, Thomas Schalke, Chiara Thumiger, and illustrations by Christoph Geiger. Berlin: Edition Topoi, 2016, 135 pp.
  • The Concept of Pneuma after Aristotle, edited by Sean Coughlin, David Leith and Orly Lewis, Berlin: Edition Topoi, vol. 61, 2020, 438 pp.


  • “Galen as a Reader and a Follower of Hippocrates”. In Julie Laskaris, Ralph Rosen, P. N. Singer, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Galen. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • “Eau de Cleopatra: Mendesian Perfume and Tell Timai.” With Robert J. Littman, Jay Silverstein, Dora Goldsmith, and Hamedy Mashaly. Near Eastern Archaeology 84, no. 3 (September 1, 2021): 216–29.
  • “Galen on bad style (kakozēlía): Hippocratic exegesis in Galen and some predecessors”. With Maria Börno. Technai, An International Journal for Ancient Science and Technology 11, 2020, 145–175.
  • “Cohesive Causes in Ancient Greek Philosophy and Medicine”. In Chiara Thumiger, ed. Holism in Ancient Medicine and Its Reception. Leiden: Brill, 2020, 237–267.
  • “Pneuma and the Pneumatist School of Medicine”. With Orly Lewis. In Coughlin, Leith and Lewis, eds., The Concept of Pneuma after Aristotle. Berlin: Edition Topoi, 2020, 201–234.
  • “Athenaeus of Attalia on the Psychological Causes of Bodily Health”. In Chiara Thumiger & Peter Singer eds., Mental Illness in Ancient Medicine. Leiden: Brill, 2018, 109–142.