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Mikhail Silian M.A.


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

Klassische Philologie

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Research Training Group
Philosophy, Science and the Sciences
Hannoversche Str. 6
10115 Berlin

2014 – p/t     
Pre-doctoral student Philosophy, Science, and the Sciences research group,Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

2012 – 2013     
Erasmus Mundus triple I action 2 exchange student Higher Institute of Philosophy, Katolieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

2006 – 2011     
Specialist degree Faculty of Philosophy, St. Petersburg State University, Russia

Ptolemy on Visual Properties

How do the essences of objects relate to the objects' being shaped or figured? To shed a light upon this issue, in my project I will reconstruct ancient views on how we cognize objects through encountering lines, figures, and shapes. The primary source for my research is Proclus' Commentary to the First Book of Euclid's "Elements". To identify the major sources for Proclus' account, I will also consider the works of Plato and Aristotle, and search for alternative theories in Euclid's and Ptolemy's treatises on optics. During the 2014/2015 academic year I mainly intend to elaborate my project proposal.

M. Silian, “Christoph Helmig. Forms and Concepts [Review]”, in: Vestnik Russkoy hristianskoy gumanitarnoy akademii, Izdatelstvo RHGA, Sankt-Peterburg, Tom 12, Vyipusk 2, 2014, S.342 – 345.

M. Silian, “Tri teorii relyativizma (Three relativistic theories)”, in: Vestnik LGU imeni A.S. Pushkina, No 1, tom 2. Filosofiya Izdatelstvo LGU imeni A.S. Pushkina, Sankt-Peterburg, 2014.

M. Silian, “Rol ponyatiy dunamis teles i dunamis ateles v filosofii Prokla Diadoha” (The Role of “Dunamis Teles” and “Dunamis Ateles” Concepts within the Philosophy of Proclus Diadochus), in: Dnі nauki fіlosofs'kogo fakul'tetu – 2012", Mіzhn. nauk. konf. (2012, Kiїv). Mіzhnarodna naukova konferencіja "Dnі nauki fіlosofs'kogo fakul'tetu – 2012", 18–19 kvіt. 2012 r.: [materіali dopovіdej ta vistupіv], ed. by A. Є. Konvers'kij, Kiev: Vidavnicho-polіgrafіchnij centr "Kiїvs'kij unіversitet", S. 49-51.

M. Silian, “Filosofiya Blazhennogo Avgustina i stanovlenie ponyatiya «intentsionalnost»” (Philosophy of St. Augustine and the Origins of the concept of intentionality), in: Vestnik RHGA, vol. 12, issue 4, St. Petersburg: Izdatelstvo RHGA, S. 250-254.

M. Silian, “K probleme formirovanija koncepcii genad u Prokla Diadoha” (On the Issue of Origins of the Concept of Henad in Proclus Diadoschus), in: Mizhnarodna naukova konferencija “Dni nauki filosofs'kogo fakul'tetu – 2011”, 20-21 kvitnja 2011 roku: materiali dopovidej ta vistupov, vol. 1, Kiev: Vidavnichno-poligrafichnij centr «Kiïvs'kij universitet», S. 54-56.

M. Silian, “Sobyitie i informatsiya (Event and Information)”, in: Filosofiya i zhizn: Tezisyi dokladov i vyistupleniy studencheskoy nauchnoy konferentsii 21 noyabrya 2009 g. v ramkah Dney Peterburgskoy filosofii-2009. St. Petersburg: Sankt-Peterburgskoe filosofskoe obschestvo, S. 37.