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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Language, Literature and Humanities - Department of Classics, HU Berlin

Prof. Dr. Christoph Helmig


Christoph Helmig

Assistant Professor of Classics

 

from Oct 2012 at Universität Köln:

http://uk-online.uni-koeln.de/cgi-bin/show.pl/page?uni=1&i_nr=26&f_nr=4&id=5767

 

CV in German

Born 18th of August, 1973 in Seppenrade (North Rhine-Westfalia), married to Dr. Marialucrezia Leone, one son. He studied Classics and Philosophy in Münster, Dublin and Leuven (with M. Baltes, J.M. Dillon and C. Steel).

In October 2008, Helmig was appointed Assistant Professor of Classics (Late Antiquity) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In September 2009 he became Co-Director of the Graduate School of Ancient Philosophy (together with Jonathan Beere). Since January 2011, he is Director of the Ancient Philosophy and Science Network (APSN), an international PhD-network of the Universities HU Berlin, Chicago, Leuven, Princeton, and Toronto at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

 

Curriculum Vitae

  • 1994 - 2002 Student of Classics and Philosophy at the University of Münster and Trinity College Dublin
  • 1998 - 2000 Fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Platonic Tradition (Dublin)
  • 2001 M.Litt. in Classics (Dublin) with a study on Plutarch's De sera numinis vindicta
  • 2002 Master of Arts and 'First State Exam' (Münster)
  • 2002 - 2006 Doctoral grant of the FWO Flanders at the De Wulf-Mansion Centre, University of Leuven (Belgium)
  • 2006 Ph.D. in Philosophy (Leuven), title of the dissertation "Ideas and Concepts. Proclus' Theory of Knowledge between Platonic Recollection and Aristotelian Abstraction"
  • since 2006 Member of the Academia Platonica (Münster)
  • 2006 - 2008 Postdoctoral Fellow of the FWO Flanders at the De Wulf-Mansion Centre, University of Leuven (Belgium)
  • 2008 Academic Coordinator of the Graduate School of Ancient Philosophy (Berlin, Director Chr. Rapp)
  • since 1.10.2008 Assistant Professor of Classics (Late Antiquity) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Research Interests

  • Platonism in Antiquity
  • Ancient Theories of Concept Formation
  • Space (topos) in Neoplatonism
  • Ancient Commentators on Aristotle (Method & Metaphysics)

Publications

Books (as author / editor)

  • Forms and Concepts - Concept Formation in the Platonic Tradition. A study on Proclus and his Predecessors. [forthcoming in the series "Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca et Byzantina", Berlin - New York: De Gruyter, 2011]
  • "Proclus: Fifteen Years of Research (1990-2004). An Annotated Bibliography", Lustrum 44 (2002) [immo 2005]. [comprehensive overview of current research, together with, P. d’Hoine, C. Macé, L. Van Campe, under the direction of C. Steel]
  • Platonic Stoicism – Stoic Platonism. The Dialogue between Platonism and Stoicism in Antiquity, Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2007. [together with M. Bonazzi, contains contributions by B. Inwood, B. Sharples, C. Gill, T. Tieleman, R. Chiaradonna, G. Reydams-Schils]
  • St. Gersh, Da Giamblico a Eriugena. Un'indagine sull'origine e lo sviluppo della tradizione pseudo-dionisiana (From Iamblichus to Eriugena: An Investigation of the Prehistory and Evolution of the Pseudo-Dionysian Tradition, Leiden 1978), introduzione, traduzione e bibliografia aggiornata, Bari: Pagina 2008. [together with M. Leone]

Articles in Journals

  • "Neue Forschungen zum Neuplatonismus (1995-2003). Teil I", Allgemeine Zeitschrift für Philosophie 29 (2004), 143-162. [together with C. Steel]
  • "Neue Forschungen zum Neuplatonismus (1995-2003). Teil II", Allgemeine Zeitschrift für Philosophie 29 (2004), 225-247. [together with C. Steel]
  • Critical Study of G. Radke, Die Theorie der Zahl im Platonismus: Ein systematisches Lehrbuch, Tübingen / Basel: A. Francke Verlag, 2003, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 87 (2006), 118-124.
  • "Plato's Arguments against Conceptualism – Parm. 132b3-c11 reconsidered", Elenchos 28 (2007), 303-336.
  • "Aristotle's Notion of Intelligible Matter", Quaestio. Yearbook of the History of Metaphysics 7 (2007), 53-78. [in a volume dedicated to matter]
  • "Plutarch of Chaeronea and Porphyry on Transmigration. Who is the author of Stobaeus I 445, 14-448, 3 (W.-H.)?", Classical Quarterly 58 (2008), 250-255.
  • "Proclus and other Neoplatonists on Universals and Predication", Documenti e Studi sulla Tradizione Filosofica Medievale 19 (2008), Proclus and other Neoplatonists on Universals and Predication", Documenti e Studi sulla Tradizione Filosofica Medievale 19 (2008), 31-52.

Articles in Books or Encyclopedias

  • "Die Bedeutung und Funktion von ἐπῳδή in Platons Nomoi", in: S. Scolnicov / L. Brisson (ed.), Plato's Laws: From Theory into Practice, Proceedings of the VI Symposium Platonicum (International Plato Studies, 15), Sankt Augustin: Academia Verlag, 2003, 75-80.
  • "What is the systematic place of abstraction and concept formation in Plato's philosophy? Ancient and Modern Readings of Phaedrus 249 b-c", in: G. van Riel / C. Macé (ed.), Platonic Ideas and Concept Formation in Ancient and Medieval Thought (Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Series I, 32), Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2004, 83-97.
  • "A Jumble of Disordered Remarks? - Structure and Argument of Plutarch's De sera numinis vindicta", in: M. Jufresa / F. Mestre / P. Gómez / P. Gilabert (ed.), Plutarc a la seva època: Paideia i Societat, Actas del VIII Simposio Internacional de la Sociedad Espanola de Plutarquistas, Barcelona 6-8 Noviembre de 2003, Barcelona: Playground, 2005, 323-332.
  • "Die Weltentstehung des Timaios und die platonische ὁμοίωσις θεῷ - Zum kosmologischen Hintergrund von Plutarch, De sera numinis vindicta 550 D-E", in: Th. Leinkauf / C. Steel (ed.), Platons Timaios als Grundtext der Kosmologie in Spätantike, Mittelalter und Renaissance. Plato's Timaeus and the Foundations of Cosmology in Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Leuven: University Press, 2005, 13-40.
  • "Die atmende Form in der Materie - Einige Überlegungen zum ἔνυλον εἶδος in der Philosophie des Proklos", in: M. Perkams / R. M. Piccione (ed.), Proklos. Methode, Seelenlehre, Metaphysik (Philosophia antiqua, 98), Leiden: Brill, 2006, 259-278.
  • "Der Gegensatz von Platon und Aristoteles in den neuplatonischen Interpretationen des Menonparadoxons und der Anamnesislehre", in: M. Erler / L. Brisson (ed.), Gorgias – Menon. Selected Papers from the Seventh Symposium Platonicum (International Plato Studies, 25), Sankt Augustin: Academia Verlag, 2007, 273-277.
  • "The Dialogue between Stoicism and Platonism in Antiquity", in: M. Bonazzi / C. Helmig (ed.), Platonic Stoicism – Stoic Platonism. The Dialogue between Platonism and Stoicism in Antiquity, Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2007, vii-xv. [together with M. Bonazzi]
  • "The relationship between Forms and Numbers in Nicomachus' Introduction to Arithmetic", in: M. Bonazzi / C. Lévy / C. Steel (ed.), A Platonic Pythagoras. Platonism and Pythagoreanism in the Imperial Age (Monothéismes et Philosophie), Turnhout: Brepols, 2007, 127-146.
  • "Proclus' Criticism of Aristotle's Theory of Concept Formation in Analytica Posteriora II 19", in: F.A.J. de Haas / M.E.M.P.J. Leunissen (ed.), Interpreting Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics in Late Antiquity and the Byzantine Period, Leiden: Brill, 2008. [in the press]
  • "The truth can never be refuted. Syrianus' view(s) on Aristotle reconsidered", in: A. Longo (ed.), Syrianus et la métaphysique de l’antiquité tardive, Napoli: Bibliopolis, 2008. [in the press]
  • Art. "Hierokles", "Proklos", "Marinos", "Isidoros", "Olympiodoros", "Simplikios", "Elias", "David", "Stephanos", "Eutokios", "Priskianos Lydos", in: C. Horn / C. Riedweg / D. Wyrwa (ed.), Die Philosophie der Antike, Band 5: Philosophie der Kaiserzeit und der Spätantike (Grundriss der Geschichte der Philosophie, begründet von Friedrich Überweg, völlig neubearbeitete Ausgabe), Basel: Schwabe. [im preparation, together with C. Steel]
  • Art. "Proclus", in: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. [im preparation, together with C. Steel]

Reviews

  • B. van den Berg, Proclus' Hymns. Essays, Translations, Commentary (Philosophia Antiqua, 90), Brill: Leiden, 2001, in: Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 66 (2004), 752-754. [in Dutch]
  • H. Dörrie / M. Baltes, Der Platonismus in der Antike IV: Die philosophische Lehre des Platonismus (1), einige grundlegende Axiome / Platonische Physik (im antiken Verständnis) I, Bausteine 101-124: Text, Übersetzung, Kommentar, Stuttgart / Bad Cannstatt: frommann-holzboog, 1996, in: STEEL/HELMIG (2004) [see above "Articles in Journals"], 149-150.
  • H. Dörrie / M. Baltes, Der Platonismus in der Antike VI 1/2: Die philosophische Lehre des Platonismus (3), Von der "Seele" als der Ursache aller sinnvollen Abläufe, Bausteine 151-181: Text, Übersetzung, Kommentar, Stuttgart / Bad Cannstatt: frommann-holzboog, 2002, in: STEEL/HELMIG (2004), 153-154.
  • Chr. Tornau, Plotin, Enneaden VI 4-5 [22-23], ein Kommentar (Beiträge zur Altertumskunde, 113), Stuttgart / Leipzig: B.G. Teubner, 1998, in: STEEL/HELMIG (2004), 158-160.
  • M. Vorwerk, Plotins Schrift "Über den Geist, die Ideen und das Seiende": Enneade V 9 [5] (Beiträge zur Altertumskunde, 145), München / Leipzig: K.G. Saur, 2001, in: STEEL/HELMIG (2004), 160-161.
  • W. Mesch, Reflektierte Gegenwart: Eine Studie über Zeit und Ewigkeit bei Platon, Aristoteles, Plotin und Augustinus (Philosophische Abhandlungen, Band 86), Frankfurt am Main: Vittorio Klostermann, 2003, in: STEEL/HELMIG (2004), 161-162.
  • M. Zambon, Porphyre et le Moyen-Platonisme (Histoire des Doctrines de l'Antiquité Classique, 27), Paris: Vrin, 2002, in: STEEL/HELMIG (2004), 227-228.
  • Jamblich, Pythagoras: Legende - Lehre - Lebensgestaltung, eingeleitet, übersetzt und mit interpretierenden Essays versehen von M. von Albrecht, J. Dillon, M. George, M. Lurje, D.S. du Toit (SAPERE, Band IV), Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2003, in: STEEL/HELMIG (2004), 230-231.
  • M. Baltes, EPINOHMATA. Kleine Schriften zur antiken Philosophie und homerischen Dichtung (Beiträge zur Altertumskunde, 221), herausgeben von M.-L. Lakmann, München / Leipzig: K.G. Saur, 2005, in: Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2007.04.12.
  • G. Radke, Die Theorie der Zahl im Platonismus: Ein systematisches Lehrbuch, Tübingen / Basel: A. Francke Verlag, 2003, in: Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 68 (2006), 354-356. [in Dutch]

Other Publications (Interviews)

  • "On Sea Battles, Translating Pleasures, and other Philosophical Adventures - An Interview with Prof. Dr. Dorothea Frede (University of Hamburg)" in: The Leuven Philosophical Newsletter 13 (2004-2005), 77-84.
  • "Something particularly Irish – An Interview with Prof. Dr. John M. Dillon (Regius Professor of Greek, Trinity College Dublin)", in: The Leuven Philosophical Newsletter 14 (2006), 111-117.

Current Projects

  • CURRICULUM PLATONICUM (Seminars on Authors and Topics in Late Ancient Philosophy)
  • Entry "Proclus" for Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy [together with C. Steel]
  • Simplicius' Corollarium de loco, English monograph with running commentary
  • Proclus' Elementatio Physica, English translation and commentary
  • Entries "Hierokles", "Proklos", "Marinos", "Isidoros", "Olympiodoros", "Simplikios", "Elias", "David", "Stephanos", "Eutokios", "Priskianos Lydos", for Grundriss der Geschichte der Philosophie ("Neuer Ueberweg"), Volume 5: Die Philosophie der Kaiserzeit und der Spätantike, published by Christoph Horn, Christoph Riedweg, Dietmar Wyrwa [together with C. Steel]
  • Bibliography of Proclus

Memberships


Invited Lectures

  • "Die Bedeutung und Funktion von epôdê in Platons Nomoi", at the VI Symposium Platonicum on Plato's Laws (under the auspices of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities), 5-10 August 2001, Jerusalem (Israel).
  • "Die Weltentstehung des Timaios und die platonische ὁμοίωσις θεῷ - Zum kosmologischen Hintergrund von Plutarch, De sera numinis vindicta 550 D-E", at the "Timaios-Tagung, Villa Vigoni", 21-25 May 2003, Loveno di Menaggio (Como), Italy.
  • "Proklos' Verteidigung Homers - Eine neuplatonische Reaktion auf Platons Dichterkritik", at the "50. Arbeitswoche des Pommersfeldener Kreises e.V. (Zur Geschichtlichkeit der Beziehungen von Glaube, Kunst und Umweltgestaltung)", 6-11 June 2003, Obermarchtal (Germany).
  • "Die atmende Form in der Materie - Einige Beobachtungen zu Ideen, logoi und ἔνυλον εἶδος in der Philosophie des Proklos", at the conference "Proklos: Methode, Seelenlehre, Metaphysik", 18-20 September 2003, University of Jena (Germany).
  • "A Jumble of Disordered Remarks? - Structure and Arguments of Plutarch's De sera numinis vindicta", at the "VIII Simposi Internacional de la Societat Espanyola de Plutarquistes (IPS)", 6-8 November 2003, Barcelona (Spain).
  • "Proclus' Criticism of Aristotle's Theory of Concept Formation in Analytica Posteriora II 19", at the ESF conference "Interpretations of Aristotle's Posterior Analytics", 2-4 June 2004, Leyden (The Netherlands).
  • "'Dann müßte auch eine Tierseele Allgemeinbegriffe bilden können...' - Neuplatonische Interpretationen des Menonparadoxons und der Anamnesislehre", at the VII. Symposium Platonicum, 26-31 July 2004, Würzburg (Germany).
  • "Human Minds, Divine Thoughts, and an Eleatic Refutation of Conceptualism - Ancient and Modern Readings of Plato, Parmenides 132 b3-c11", at the Centre for the Study of the Platonic Tradition, 29 October 2004, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland).
  • "The Relationship between Forms and Numbers in Nicomachus' Introductio arithmetica and in the later Neoplatonic Tradition", at the conference "Platonismo e pitagorismo in età imperiale", 14-16 April 2005, Gargnano (Italy).
  • "Can Forms Be Thoughts? - Neoplatonists on the Ambiguous Heritage of Parm. 132b3-c11", at the conference "PLATO TRANSFORMED, An International Workshop on Plato's Ancient Commentators", 18-19 May 2005, Leuven (Belgium).
  • "How to Speak About the Divine? Proclus' Interpretation of Plato's Criticism of the Poets", at the conference "Platon et les poètes / Plato and the Poets", 3.-5. Mai 2006, Leuven / Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium).
  • "Neoplatonists on the 'Unallocated Universal' (ἀκατάτακτον εἶδος) and Predication", at the "Workshop on Universals", 2-9 July 2006, Pisa (Italy).
  • "The Truth can never be refuted. Syrianus' view(s) on Aristotle reconsidered", at the conference "Syrianus et la métaphysique de l’antiquité tardive", 29 September – 1 Oktober 2006, Geneve (Switzerland).
  • "Metaphysik als Theologie. Die Metaphysikonzeptionen des Syrianos, Ammonios, Asklepios und Simplikios", at the Köln-Bonner Philosophisches Kolloquium, University of Cologne Köln, 31 Januar 2007 (Germany).
  • "Some Neoplatonists on Universals and Predication", at the University of Bari, 2 Februar 2007 (Italy).
  • "The Scribe and the Painter in the Philebus", Vortrag gehalten auf dem VIII. Symposium Platonicum (on Plato's Philebus), 23.-29. Juli 2007, Dublin (Irland).
  • "Henry Bate on the Harmony of Plato and Aristotle", at the XIIth International Congress of Medieval Philosophy ("Universality of Reason - Plurality of Philosophies in the Middle Ages"), 16-22 September 2007, Palermo (Italy).
  • "Platonic Forms as Thoughts and the Puzzling Language of Universals – Plato, Parmenides 132b3-c11 reconsidered", at the workshop "Knowledge and Universals in Plato and Aristotle", 12 December 2007, University of Groningen (The Netherlands).
  • "’Playthings of imagination’ - Syrianus' Attitude towards Aristotle", at the seminar "La Métaphysique d'Aristote dans la tradition platonicienne" (organised by L. Brisson and J.-F. Pradeau), 8 February 2008, Universität Paris-X Nanterre (France).
  • "'Amicus Aristoteles, sed magis amica veritas' - Das Verhältnis von Platon und Aristoteles in den Augen der Neuplatoniker", 14. April 2008, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany).
  • "The notion of incantation (ἐπῳδή) in Plato's moral psychology", at the workshop "Ancient Moral Psychology: Plato, Aristotle and Stoicism", 7.-8. Juni 2008, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
  • "Chanting the Truth. Plato's Concept of ἐπῳδή at the workshop "Ancient Moral Psychology", 10-11 October 2008, Helsinki (Finnland).
  • "Die Anthropologie von Aristoteles und Hippokrates bei Methodius von Olympus", 10 and 26 November 2008, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany).

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