Can Laurens Löwe
Postdoctoral Researcher, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Latin medieval metaphysics and philosophy of action
My research focuses on Latin medieval metaphysics. I received my Ph.D. from KU Leuven in 2016 with a dissertation on Thomas Aquinas’s metaphysics of human agency. Since then I have been a post-doctoral researcher at KU Leuven (2016–2018) and at Purdue University (2018–2020), working on medieval discussions of agency and causation alike. In the context of the Human Abilities project, I will be examining Latin medieval theories of the powers of the soul, which are powers to engage in life-operations, such as digesting, seeing, and thinking. My primary interest is in the thirteenth- and fourteenth-century debate as to whether these powers are accidental or essential features of living beings and the broader implications of this debate for medieval substance ontology. I also have an interest in contemporary discussions of causal powers, which I aim to connect with the medieval debate.