Prof. Dr. Jan Pol Opsomer

Jan Opsomer’s research focuses on the philosophy of nature in late Antiquity, and more specifically the theory of the material elements (the debates on geometric atomism), the theory of motion, methodological issues concerning the study of nature (is a science of nature possible? what can be the role of mathematics in the study of nature? what status do scientific hypotheses have?). Other research interests include: Middle Platonism (Plutarch, Alcinous, the anonymous commentary on the Theaetetus), Neoplatonism, esp. ontology and psychology (Plotinus, Iamblichus, Syrianus, Proclus, Damascius, Simplicius, Philoponus, Olympiodorus).