Andreas Lammer, MA

andreas.lammer (at)


10/2005 - 08/2008: Student in Philosophy, History of German Literature, and Linguistics at the Julius-Maximilians-University in Würzburg, Germany.

09/2008 - 08/2009: MA student in Philosophy at King's College London; funded through a scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) within the framework of the European Excellence Programme (EEP).

11/2009: Master of Arts in Philosophy.
Dissertation: "Al-Ghazālī's Attempt to Refute the 'Argument from Time': An Analysis of the Relevant Passages in his Tahāfut al-Falāsifa and in Averroes' Tahāfut at-Tahāfut."
Supervisor: Prof. Peter Adamson.
Abstract: The aim of this dissertation is to demonstrate the philosophical and intellectual import of the "argument from time," which constitutes the second proof of the first discussion in al-Ghāzalī's Tahāfut al-Falāsifa (incorporated into Averroes' Tahāfut al-Tahāfut). The argument starts out as a critical review of the nature of God's priority to the world, but turns into an intense discussion of concepts central to medieval cosmology, such as time, space, and their respective measurability. In modern scholarship, the "argument from time" has been characterised as irrelevant, invalid, or both. This dissertation mounts a defense of the argument, showing how both the Philosophers' Neoplatonic-Avicennian approach and Averroes' Aristotelian mode of reasoning succeed in shoring up the thesis of the world's eternity. In the final analysis I show that al-GhazālīIs attack on the falāsifa al-Fārābī and Avicenna neither demonstrates "the contradiction of their word" nor reveals "the falsity of their doctrine."

Ph.D. Research Project: The Arabic reception of Avicenna's physics in the thirteenth century.
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Dag N. Hasse and Prof. Peter Adamson.

Professional Activities

10/2011 - present: Research Associate, Thomas-Institut, University of Cologne, as an assistant to Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Andreas Speer.

10/2010 - present: Lecturer at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg.

02/2010 - 09/2011: Research Associate at the "Digital Averroes Research Environment" (D.A.R.E.) directed by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Andreas Speer and Dr. David Wirmer at the Thomas-Institut of the University of Cologne; funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

09/2009 - 09/2011: Research Assistant at the research unit "History of Philosophy and of the Sciences in the Graeco-Arabic-Latin Tradition" directed by Prof. Dr. Dag N. Hasse at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Würzburg; funded through a Lichtenberg Professorship of the VolkswagenStiftung.

05/2007 - 08/2008: Student Assistant at the same research unit.

Other Projects



  • Avicenna, The Physics of The Healing: A Parallel English-Arabic Text, Translated, Introduced, and Annotated by Jon McGinnis. 2 Volumes. Provo: Brigham Young University Press, 2009. In: Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie médiévales 77.2 (2010), 415–418.

Research Interests

  • The reception of Platonic and Aristotelian ideas in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.
  • The Graeco-Arabic translation movement and the origin of philosophy in Arabic-speaking countries.
  • The Avicennian tradition and post-Avicennian commentaries.
  • Medieval science and natural philosophy.