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Juliane Küppers M.A.


Ancient Philosophy and History of Ancient Science (APhil/HistAS)

Klassische Philologie

Freie Universität Berlin
Institut für Griechische und Lateinische Philologie
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
14195 Berlin

Academic Education

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

Professional experience

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.