Human Nature, Health, Disease


Is there such a thing as a universal human nature, and if so, what does it consist in? How does human nature relate to our bodily existence, and to our cultural situatedness, and in what ways does our nature limit our experience and knowledge? 

We study ancient Greek understandings of human nature, including the relation between the human and the divine, the ways human nature is conceptualised as limited, and how the human being experiences and conceptualises those limits. This line of research includes Stoicism, Galen and ancient medicine, as well as Plotinus. It also extends to the influence of these ideas in the later philosophical and scientific traditions, e.g. the reception of ancient Greek biology, medicine, psychology and conceptions of human nature in philosophy of the Islamicate world.