We have a comprehensive array of source material concerning the university of Helmstedt, ranging from financial reports to course prospectuses, dissertations, records from the dean’s office, letters and the scholarly estates of professors. The project set out to analyse and interpret these sources with a view to identifying the key continuities and disruptions that characterised the rise and application of the Aristotelian paradigm at the university of Helmstedt in the hundred years from c.1600 to c.1700.
The team was particularly interested in reconstructing the academic debates conducted by various Helmstedt scholars, who considered Aristotelian methodology, ideas and concepts from very different angles, sometimes together with scholars from other academic institutions.
In cooperation with the Freie Universität Berlin (Free University Berlin), under the leadership of Prof. Bernd Roling
Funding: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG)
Duration: October 2017 – October 2020
Project participants: Prof. Ulrike Gleixner (project lead, HAB), Dr Hartmut Beyer (project lead, HAB), Prof. Bernd Roling (project lead, FU Berlin), Benjamin Wallura (team member), Cornelia Selent (team member, FU Berlin)