Aristotelian Biology and Christian Theology in the Early Empire

January 11, 2019 - January 12, 2019
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford

Lecture Room
Faculty of Philosophy, Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road
Oxford OX2 6GG
United Kingdom


  • The British Society for the History of Philosophy
  • The Analysis Trust
  • The Hellenic Society

Main speakers:

Birkbeck, University of London
University of Santiago, Chile
Australian Catholic University
University of Utah
Utrecht University
University of Padova


Durham University
University Vita-Salute San Raffaele
Durham University

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This conference will explore the conceptual interplay between Aristotelian science and Christian theology during the 1st century BC, with a special interest in questions like:

  • How did Aristotelian philosophy influence the theology of the early Christian church, and how did the latter’s theological precepts reinterpret the conceptual framework of the former?
  • In what respect is Aristotle’s hylomorphic analysis of the natural world aligned with the theological debate on the relation between the body and the soul?
  • Did Aristotelian science inform or in some way impact the church’s position on the process of generation and bodily “ensoulment”, the role of the spiritual in the material world, and the question of immortality?

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