Philosophy, Science and the Sciences

HumanitiesPhilosophy, ethics and religion

The Research Training Group Philosophy, Science and the Sciences offers a structured doctoral program in ancient philosophy and science. Research and dissertation projects involve both philosophy and some special science or other (including mathematics, medicine, and other disciplines). The program centers on the writing of a doctoral dissertation (in English or German) and includes colloquia, dissertation seminars, reading groups, international workshops, and research stays abroad. The language of instruction is English.


The overarching aim of the Research Training Group is to study the dialogue between different forms and models of knowledge in ancient Greek, Roman and Arabic thought (including its medieval and early modern reception). It brings together philosophers, classicists, Arabists and historians of science. The program has a teaching staff of several full professors as well as many additional faculties. In addition, it brings distinguished international scholars to Berlin.

As part of the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS), the program is embedded in a lively community of scholars and institutions all devoted to ancient studies. Students of the program are automatically part of the international Ancient Philosophy & Science Network. Its partners are among the foremost departments in the world for ancient and late ancient philosophy and science.

Prof. Dr. Jonathan Beere Irma Handwerker doctoral programme dialog

Contact Information
Chair: Prof. Dr. Jonathan Beere
Coordinator: Irma Handwerker
HU Berlin
Philosophische Fakultät I
Institut für Philosophie
Antike Philosophie und Wissensgeschichte
Hannoversche Straße 6, Raum 0.28
10115 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30 209398081
Deadlines: January
Places: no fixed number
Scholarships: 7 per year (5 three-year doc stipends, 2 one-year pre-doc stip.)