Juliane Küppers M.A.
Ancient Philosophy/History of Ancient Science (APhil/HistAS)
Institut für Griechische und Lateinische Philologie
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
October 2011 – Juli 2015
M.A. Classical Philology at the Freie Universität Berlin
October 2008 – March 2012
AB.A. Literary Studies (Major), Latin (Minor) at the Freie Universität Berlin
Since May 2011
Press office of the Freie Universität Berlin Part-time Editor and Science Journalist
2003 – 2010
Press relations officer and event manager at Sony Music in NYC, London and Berlin, Universal Music in Berlin
Nichts als leerer Raum und atomare Materie? Epikureische Kosmologien in der frühen Aufklärung
I am researching texts from the 17th century about the nature of matter that challenged the predominant Cartesian worldview with Epicurean and particularly Lucretian theories. Currently I am focusing on the French philosopher Pierre Gassendi, especially his arguments on the motion of atoms ("Atomistic Dynamism") and how they connect to each other to form matter. I will further look into how his discussions about atomic theory influenced discourses on the existence of the vacuum, on the force of attraction between atoms, on gravitation and on the movement of heavenly bodies.