PhD course on Aristotle's biology

The University of Oslo (IFIKK) invites you to register for the following PhD course:

Aristotle's biology

Approximately ¼ of Aristotle’s works concentrate directly on the study of animal life. His best known treatises in this area include: The History of Animals (HA), The Parts of Animals (PA) and The Generation of Animals (GA). Research in the last 40 years has uncovered the importance of Aristotle’s biology to numerous aspects of his philosophy, including his logic, metaphysics and psychology. This course is designed to introduce students to key topics in the study of Aristotle’s biology. It will be structured around the three main texts listed above, providing 2 teaching sessions on each. Topics will include: exhortation to study biology, scientific methodology, animal characters and parts, male and female in Aristotle’s theory of animal generation, the capacities of the soul and human beings as ‘political animals’.


Dr. S. M. Connell (Birkbeck, University of London)

Practical information

Dates: 9-11 April 2019

Place: Georg Morgenstiernes hus, University of Oslo, Norway


  • The course is aimed at PhD students in philosophy, but students from related fields and junior researchers are also welcome.
  • It gives 3 ECTS, for reading preparatory readings, participating, and submitting a paper (5000 words).
  • It is free, but transportation and accommodation have to be arranged and financed by the participants themselves.
  • Knowledge of Greek is recommended, but not required.
  • Please apply by sending a CV and a short account of your reason for wishing to participate to the organizer. The application deadline is March 1 2019.

For further information, contact Hilde Vinje:


Hilde Vinje (Doctoral Research Fellow in philosophy, IFIKK, University of Oslo)

Published Sep. 27, 2018 2:23 PM - Last modified Sep. 27, 2018 2:23 PM