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Apl. Prof. Dr. Andreas Blank

Apl. Prof. Dr. Andreas Blank

Institut für Humanwissenschaften > Philosophie > Praktische Philosophie



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Pohlweg 55
33098 Paderborn

Philosophie der Frühen Neuzeit

  • Philosophie des Mittelalters und der Renaissance
  • Geschichte der Analytischen Philosophie
Apl. Prof. Dr. Andreas Blank
01.08.2017 - heute

Principal Investigator, Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt

01.08.2016 - 31.07.2017

Vertretungsprofessor am Bard College Berlin

2012 - 2016

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Philosophie, Universität Paderborn

2011 - 2012

Vertretungsprofessor für Philosophie der frühen Neuzeit, Universität Hamburg

2009 - 2011

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Philosophie, Universität Paderborn

2008 - 2009

Forschungsstipendiat der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft


Forschungsstipendiat der Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel

2004 - 2007

Visiting Fellow, Cohn Institute, Tel Aviv University, Israel

2003 - 2004

Lehrbeauftragter, Institut für Philosophie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

2002 - 2003

Visiting Fellow, Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, USA

2000 - 2001

Lehrbeauftragter, Institut für Philosophie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

1. Monographien

Arguing from Presumptions. Essays on Early Modern Ethics and Politics. Munich: Philosophia, 2019.

Ontological Dependence and the Metaphysics of Individual Substances, 1540–1716. Munich: Philosophia, 2015.

Biomedical Ontology and the Metaphysics of Composite Substances, 1540–1670. Munich: Philosophia, 2010.

Leibniz: Metaphilosophy and Metaphysics, 1666–1686. Munich: Philosophia, 2005.

Der logische Aufbau von Leibniz’ Metaphysik. Berlin--New York: De Gruyter, 2001.

2. Herausgeberschaften

Esteem and Self-Esteem in the British and the French Moralists: A Comparative Approach. Co-edited with Francesco Toto. Special issue of Rivista di filosofia 113 (2) (2022): 175–360.

Esteem and Self-Esteem in Early Modern Ethics and Politics. Special issue of Intellectual History Review 32 (1) (2022): 1–178.

Vegetative Powers. The Roots of Life in Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Natural Philosophy. Co-edited with Fabrizio Baldassarri (International Archives for the History of Ideas). Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2021, 459 pp.

Self-Esteem and Social Esteem. Normative Issues. Co-edited with Judit Szalai. Symposium in Human Affairs 30 (3) (2020): 297–364.

Common Notions in Early Modern Thought. Co-edited with Dana Jalobeanu. Special issue of Journal of Early Modern Studies 8 (1) (2019): 1–216.

Animals. New Essays. Munich: Philosophia, 2016, 446 pp.

3. Artikel in Zeitschriften

The Morality of Self-Acceptance: La Rochefoucauld and the Augustinian Challenge.” Early Modern French Studies (2022): 1–19. DOI: 10.1080/20563035.2022.2115867

“Marquard Freher and the Presumption of Goodness in Legal Humanism.” History of European Ideas (2022): 1–15. DOI: 10.1080/01916599.2022.2095524.

“Christoph Besold on Confederation Rights and Duties of Esteem in Diplomatic Relations.” Intellectual History Review 32 (2022): 51–70.

“Pufendorf and Leibniz on Duties of Esteem in Diplomatic Relations.” Journal of International Political Theory 18 (2022): 186–204.

“Helvétius and his Critics: Esteem, Benevolence and the Question of the Diminution of the Individual.” Historia Philosophica 20 (2022): 193–204.

“Helvétius and Bentham on the Morality of the Desire for Esteem.” Rivista di filosofia 113 (2022): 341–360.

“On Reconstructing Leibniz’s Metaphysics.” Hungarian Philosophical Review 66 (2022): 69–89.

“Mably on Esteem, Republicanism, and the Question of Human Corruption.” Journal of Modern Philosophy 3 (2021), 5: 1–21.

“The Morality of the Desire for Esteem: Gassendi and the Augustinian Challenge.” History of European Ideas 47 (2021): 1228–1242.

“Wolff on Duties of Esteem in the Law of Peoples.” European Journal of Philosophy 29 (2021): 475–486.

“D’Holbach on (Dis-)Esteeming Talent.” Journal of Modern Philosophy 2 (2020): 10, 1–18.

“Helvétius’s Challenge: Moral Luck, Political Constitutions and the Economy of Esteem.” European Journal of Philosophy 28 (2020): 337–349.

“Instrumental Causes and the Natural Origin of Souls in Antonio Ponce de Santacruz’s Theory of Animal Generation.” Annals of Science 76 (2019): 184–209.

“Self-Knowledge and Varieties of Human Excellence in the French Moralists.” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 27 (2019): 513–534.

“Value, Justice and Presumptions in the Late Scholastic Controversy over Price Regulation.” Journal of the History of Ideas 80 (2019): 183–202.

“Christian Wolff on Common Notions and Duties of Esteem.” Journal of Early Modern Studies 8 (2019): 171–193.

“Leibniz and the Sixteenth-Century Controversy over Substance Monism.” Revue Roumaine de Philosophie 63 (2019): 157–176.

“Anne-Thérèse de Lambert on Aging and Self-Esteem.” Hypatia 33 (2018): 289–304.

“Sixteenth-Century Pharmacology and the Controversy between Reductionism and Emergentism.” Perspectives on Science 26 (2018): 157–184.

“D’Holbach on Self-Esteem and the Moral Economy of Oppression.” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 25 (2017): 1116–1137. [winner of the Rogers Prize 2017]

“Common Usage, Presumption and Verisimilitude in Sixteenth-Century Theories of Juridical Interpretation.” History of European Ideas 43 (2017): 401–415.

“The Question of Emergence in Protestant Natural Philosophy, 1540–1610.” Hungarian Philosophical Review 61 (2017): 7–22.

“Striving Possibles and Leibniz’s Cognitivist Theory of Volition.” Journal of Early Modern Studies 5 (2016): 29–52.

“D’Holbach on Self-Esteem, Justice, and Cosmopolitanism.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 49 (2016): 439–453.

“Zabarella and the Early Leibniz on the Diachronic Identity of Living Beings.” Studia Leibnitiana 47 (2015): 86–102.

“Leibniz, Locke, and the Early Modern Controversy over Legal Maxims.” History of European Ideas 41 (2015): 1080–1092.

“Domingo de Soto on Justice to the Poor.” Intellectual History Review 25 (2015): 133–146.

“Mary Astell on Flattery and Self-Esteem.” The Monist 98 (2015): 53–63.

“Domingo de Soto on Doubts, Presumptions, and Noncomparative Justice.” History of Philosophy Quarterly 32 (2015): 1–18.

“Nicolaus Taurellus on Forms and Elements.” Science in Context 27 (2014): 659–682.

“Johannes von Felden on Usucaption, Justice, and the Society of States.” Journal of the History of Ideas 74 (2013): 403–423.

“Henry More on Spirits, Light, and Immaterial Extension.” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (2013): 857–878.

“Fortunio Liceti on Mind, Light, and Immaterial Extension.” Perspectives on Science 21 (2013): 358–378.

“Aquinas and Soto on Derogatory Judgment and Noncomparative Justice.” History of Philosophy Quarterly 29 (2012): 411–427.

“Presumption, Torture, and the Controversy over Excepted Crimes, 1600–1632.” Intellectual History Review 22 (2012): 131–145.

“Julius Caesar Scaliger on Plants, Species, and the Ordained Power of God.” Science in Context 25 (2012): 503–523.

“Leibniz on Usucaption, Presumption, and International Justice.” Studia Leibnitiana 43 (2011): 70–86.

“Daniel Sennert on Poisons, Epilepsy, and Subordinate Forms.” Perspectives on Science 19 (2011): 192–211.

“Wittgenstein on Verification and Seeing-As, 1930–1932.” Inquiry 54 (2011): 614–632.

“Material Souls and Imagination in Late Aristotelian Embryology.” Annals of Science 67 (2010): 187–204.

“Julius Caesar Scaliger on Plant Generation and the Question of Species Constancy.” Early Science and Medicine 15 (2010): 266–286.

“Existential Dependence and the Question of Emanative Causation in Protestant Meta­physics, 1570–1620.” Intellectual History Review 19 (2009): 1–13.

“Justice and the Eclecticism of Protestant Ethics, 1580–1610.” Studia Leibnitiana 40 (2008): 223–238.

“Julius Caesar Scaliger on Corpuscles and the Vacuum.” Perspectives on Science 16 (2008): 137–159.

“Wittgenstein on Colours and Logical Multiplicities, 1930–1932.” Dialogue. Canadian Philosophical Review 47 (2008): 311–328.

“Composite Substance, Common Notions, and Kenelm Digby’s Theory of Animal Generation.” Science in Context 20 (2007): 1–20.

“Wittgenstein on Expectation, Action, and Internal Relations, 1930–1932.” Inquiry 50 (2007): 270–287.

“Material Points and Formal Concepts in the Early Wittgenstein.” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 37 (2007): 245–261.

“Leibniz and the Presumption of Justice.” Studia Leibnitiana 38 (2006): 201–210.

“Leibniz on Justice as a Common Concept. A Rejoinder to Patrick Riley.” Leibniz Review 16 (2006): 205–214.

“Definitions, Sorites Arguments, and Leibniz’s Méditation sur la notion commune de la justice.” Leibniz Review 14 (2004): 153–166.

“Incomplete Entities, Natural Non-separability, and Leibniz’s Response to François Lamy’s De la Connoissance de soi-même.” Leibniz Review 13 (2003): 1–17.

“Leibniz’s De Summa Rerum and the Panlogistic Interpretation of the Theory of Simple Substances.” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 11 (2003): 261–269.

“Substance Monism and Substance Pluralism in Leibniz’s Metaphysical Papers 1675–1676.” Studia Leibnitiana 33 (2001): 216–223.

“Leibniz und die panpsychistische Deutung der Theorie der einfachen Substanzen.” Studia Leibnitiana 32 (2000): 117–125.

4. Artikel in Sammelbänden

“Confessionalization and Natural Philosophy.” In The Cambridge History of Philosophy of the Scientific Revolution. Edited by Dana Jalobeanu and David Marshall Miller. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022, 111–127.

“Jacob Schegk on Plants, Medicaments and the Question of Emergence.” In Mechanism, Life and Mind in Modern Natural Philosophy. Edited by Charles Wolfe, Paolo Pecere and Antonio Clericuzio (International Archives for the History of Ideas). Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2022, 27–47.

“Common Notions and Immortality in Digby and the Early Leibniz.” In The Philosophy of Kenelm Digby (1603–1665). Edited by Laura Georgescu and Han Thomas Adriaenssen (International Archives for the History of Ideas). Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2022, 59–87.

“Santorio and Leibniz on Natural Immortality: The Question of Emergence and the Question of Emanative Causation.” In Santorio Santori and the Emergence of Quantified Medicine. Edited by Jonathan Barry and Fabrizio Bigotti (Palgrave Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Medicine). London and New York: Palgrave, 2022, 191–216.

“Self-Deception and Illusions of Esteem: Contextualizing Du Châtelet’s Challenge.” In Époque Émilienne. Philosophy, Science and Culture in the Age of Émilie Du Châtelet. Edited by Ruth Edith Hagengruber (Women in the History of Philosophy and Sciences). Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2022, 391–410.

“Antonio Ponce de Santacruz on Nutrition and the Question of Emergence.” In Nutrition and Nutritive Soul in Aristotle and Aristotelianism. Edited by Giouli Korobili and Roberto Lo Presti. Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, 2021, 355–378.

“Nicolaus Taurellus on Vegetative Powers and the Question of Substance Monism.” In Vegetative Powers. The Roots of Life in Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Natural Philosophy. Edited by Fabrizio Baldassarri and Andreas Blank (International Archives for the History of Ideas). Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2021, 199–219.

“Presumptions and Cognitive Simplicity in Leibniz and Early Modern Legal Theory.” In Rechts- und Staatsphilosophie bei G. W. Leibniz. Edited by Tilmann Altwicker, Francis Cheneval and Matthias Mahlmann. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2020, 23–42.

Spanish translation: “Leibniz: sobre las presunciones y la simplicidad cognitiva” (translated by Griselda Gaiada). Tópicos. Revista de filosofía de la Universidad de Santa Fe 39 (2020): 149–176.

“Leibniz und Besold über Bündnisrecht und Naturrecht.” [“Leibniz and Besold on the Right of Confederation and Natural Law.”] In Leibniz und das Naturrecht. Edited by Luca Basso (Studia Leibnitiana Sonderheft 54). Stuttgart: Steiner, 2019, 103–118.

“Metaphilosophie und das Prinzip des Widerspruchs: Leibniz, Wolff und Du Châtelet.” [“Metaphilosophy and the Principle of Contradiction: Leibniz, Wolff and Du Châtelet.”] In Émilie Du Châtelet und die deutsche Aufklärung. Edited by Ruth Hagen-gruber and Hartmut Hecht. Heidelberg: Springer, 2019, 79–98.

“Cartesian Logic and Locke’s Critique of Maxims.” In Locke and Cartesian Philosophy. Edited by Philippe Hamou and Martine Pécharman. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018, 186–204.

“Complaisance and the Question of Autonomy in the French Women Moralists, 1650–1710.” In Women Philosophers on Autonomy. Edited by Sandrine Bergès and Alberto Siani. London: Routledge, 2018, 43–60.

“Renaissance Aristotelianism and the Conciliatory Approach to Individuation in the Early Leibniz.” In Leibniz’ Rezeption der Aristotelischen Logik und Metaphysik. Edited by Juan-Antonio Nicolás and Niels Öffenberger. Hildesheim: Olms, 2016, 257–272.

“Daniel Sennert and the Late Aristotelian Controversy over the Natural Origin of Animal Souls.” In Animals. New Essays. Edited by Andreas Blank. Munich: Philosophia, 2016, 75–99.

“D’Holbach über Wahrhaftigkeit als politische Tugend” [“D’Holbach on Truth-fulness as a Political Virtue.”] In Aufrichtigkeitseffekte. Signale, soziale Interaktionen und Medien im Zeitalter der Aufklärung. Edited by Simon Bunke and Katerina Mihaylova. Freiburg: Rombach, 2016, 177–194.

“Leibniz and the Early Modern Controversy over the Right of International Mediation.” In “Das Recht kann nicht ungerecht sein …” Beiträge zu Leibniz’ Philosophie der Gerechtigkeit. Herausgegeben von Wenchao Li (Studia Leibnitiana Sonderheft 44). Stuttgart: Steiner, 2015, 117–135.

“Philosophiedidaktik und Philosophinnen in der frühen Neuzeit. Überlegungen zu Anne Conway und Mary Astell.” In Philosophinnen im Philosophieunterricht. Herausgegeben von Ruth Hagengruber und Johannes Rohbeck (Jahrbuch für Didaktik der Philosophie 16). Dresden: Thelem, 2015, 65–75. 

“Presumption and Leibniz’s Metaphysics of Action.” In Leibniz’s Metaphysics and Adoption of Substantial Form. Edited by Adrian Nita (New Synthese Historical Library). Dordrecht: Springer, 2015, 89–106.

“Archibald Campbell über Gewissen und Kosmopolitismus.” In Gewissen zwischen Gefühl und Vernunft. Herausgegeben von Simon Bunke and Katerina Mihaylova. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2015, 89–104.

“Material Causes and Incomplete Entities in Gallego de la Serna’s Theory of Animal Generation.” In The Life Sciences in Early Modern Philosophy. Edited by Ohad Nachtomy and Justin Smith. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, 117–136.

“Sennert and Leibniz on Animate Atoms.” In Machines of Nature and Composite Substances in Leibniz. Edited by Justin E. H. Smith and Ohad Nachtomy (New Synthese Historical Library). Dordrecht: Springer, 2011, 115–130.

“On Interpreting Leibniz’s Mill.” In Interpretation. Ways of Thinking about the Sciences and the Arts. Edited by Peter Machamer and Gereon Wolters. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010, 111–129.

“Leibniz vs. Lamy: How does Confused Perception Unite Soul and Body?” In The Practice of Reason: Leibniz and his Controversies. Edited by Marcelo Dascal. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2010, 169–186.

“Jean Fernel on Divine Immanence and the Origin of Simple Forms.” In Nature et Surnaturel. Philosophies de la nature et métaphysique aux XVIe–XVIIIe siècles. Edited by Vlad Alexandrescu and Robert Theis. Hildesheim: Olms, 2010, 9–21.

“The Analysis of Reflection and Leibniz’s Early Response to Spinoza.” In The Philosophy of the Young Leibniz. Edited by Mark Kulstad, Mogens Laerke and David Snyder (Studia Leibnitiana Sonderheft 34). Stuttgart: Steiner, 2009, 161–175.

“Ramus and Leibniz on Analysis.” In Leibniz: What Kind of Rationalist? Edited by Marcelo Dascal (Logic, Epistemology and the Unity of Science 13). Dordrecht: Springer, 2008, 155–166.

“Dalgarno, Wilkins, Leibniz and the Descriptive Nature of Metaphysical Concepts.” In Leibniz and the English Speaking World. Edited by Pauline Phemister and Stuart Brown (New Synthese Historical Library). Dordrecht: Springer, 2007, 51–61.

“Atoms and Minds in Walter Charleton’s Theory of Animal Generation.” In The Problem of Animal Generation in Modern Philosophy. Edited by Justin E. H. Smith. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006, 124–145.

“Twin-Consciousnesses and the Identity of Indiscernibles in Leibniz’s Nouveaux Essais.” In Leibniz selon les Nouveaux essais sur l’entendement humain. Edited by François Duchesneau and Jérémie Griard. Montréal: Bellarmin/ Paris: Vrin, 2006, 189–202.

5. Rezensionen

Rezension von Martin Mulsow und Asaph Ben-Tov (eds.), Knowledge and Profanation. Transgressing the Boundaries of Religion in Pre-Modern Scholarship (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2019). Quellen und Forschungen aus italienischen Archiven und Bibliotheken 102 (2022): 569–570.

Review of Marine Picon, Normes et objets du savoir dans les premiers essais leibnitiens (Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2021). Studia Leibnitiana 52 (2020): 268–269.

Review of Irene Dingel, Michael Kempe and Wenchao Li (eds.), Leibniz in Mainz. Europäische Dimensionen der Mainzer Wirkungsperiode (Göttingen: Vandenhoek & Ruprecht, 2019). Studia Leibnitiana 51 (2019): 141–143.

Review of Riccarda Suitner, Die philosophischen Totengespräche der Frühaufklärung (Hamburg: Felix Meiner Verlag, 2016). Renaissance Quarterly 71 (2018): 774–776.

Review of Kuni Sakamoto, Julius Caesar Scaliger, Renaissance Reformer of Aristotelianism (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2016). Journal of the History of Philosophy 55 (2017): 543–544.

Rezension von Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Mathematischer, naturwissenschaftlicher und technischer Briefwechsel. Siebenter Band: Juli 1696–Dezember 1698 (Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2011). Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 37 (2014): 170–171.

Review of Charles Bolyard and Rondo Keele (eds.), Later Medieval Metaphysics. Ontology, Language, and Logic. (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013). History and Philosophy of Logic 35 (2014): 211–213.

Review of Nicolaus Taurellus, Philosophiae triumphus, hoc est, Metaphysica philosophandi methodus (Stuttgart: Frommann-Holzboog, 2012). Renaissance Quarterly 66 (2013): 1052–1053.

Review of Catherine Wilson, Epicureanism at the Origins of Modernity (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2010). HOPOS. The Journal of the Society for History of Philosophy of Science 2 (2012): 200–203.

Review of Martin Mulsow (ed.), Spätrenaissance-Philosophie in Deutschland 1570–1650 (Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag, 2009). Early Science and Medicine 16 (2011): 260–262.

Review of Concetta Pennuto, Simpatia, fantasia e contagio. Il pensiero medico e il pensiero filosofico di Girolamo Fracastoro (Rome: Edizioni di storia e letteratura, 2008). Renaissance Quarterly 62 (2009): 996–998.

Review of Stuart Brown and N. J. Fox, Historical Dictionary of Leibniz’s Philosophy (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2006). Philosophy in Review 27 (2007): 100–102.

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