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Nathasja van Luijn

Nathasja van Luijn

Department: Faculty of Classics

Supervisor: Professor Gábor Betegh

College: Christ's College

Topic of thesis: Epistemology of artefact comparisons in Presocratic cosmological and physiological thought


Biography:

Nathasja studied Classics at Leiden University from September 2012 to January 2018, graduating with a Research Master's degree (with distinction). Afterwards, she followed the Educational Module at Leiden University with an internship at the high-school Dalton Den Haag, acquiring the qualification to teach 12-15 years old pupils Greek and Latin at Dutch high-schools. She started her PhD at the University of Cambridge in October 2018.

Research Interests

Nathasja’s thesis examines the epistemological significance of the artefact comparisons in Presocratic philosophy. Her broader research interests include the (reception of the) Presocratics, the epistemology of ancient natural philosophy, and the interplay between ancient literature and philosophy.

Other Professional Activities

Conferences organised

  • Co-organisation of the 2020 Cambridge Graduate Conference in Ancient Philosophy ‘Evil in Ancient Philosophy’, held on March 6-7, 2020 at the University of Cambridge
  • Co-organisation of the 2019 Cambridge Graduate Conference in Ancient Philosophy ‘Eros in Ancient Philosophy’, held on May 2-4, 2019 at the University of Cambridge

 Conference papers

  • ‘‘Like in a clepsydra’: epistemological differences between ancient Greek philosophical references to the clepsydra’, held at the London Ancient Science Conference, 17-21 February 2020
  •  ‘Empedocles’ clepsydra analogy (B100) revisited’, at the Munich-Cambridge Ancient Philosophy Graduate Workshop, Munich, 5-6 July 2019
  • ‘Empedocles’ use of the clepsydra to explain respiration’, at the Zagreb Summer School of Philosophy and Technology, Zagreb, 17-20 June 2019

Key Publications

Luijn, Nathasja van, Oldenhave, Mark, Pieper, Christoph (edd.), De vereeuwigde stad. Een literaire reisgids door het antieke Rome (Amsterdam University Press 2018). [‘The eternalised city. A literary travel guide through ancient Rome’]

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