Benjamin Wilck

Benjamin Wilck

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Dr.
Benjamin
Wilck
History and Philosophy of Mathematics
Ancient Philosophy

Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy 
History and Philosophy of Science 
Philosophy of Medicine / Psychiatry 
Medical Humanities

 

Email: benjamin.wilck@hu-berlin.de
Personal website: Benjamin Wilck

Current Projects:

My various different research interests are held together by the question of how definitions are used in scientific practices such as mathematical proofs, experiments in the natural sciences, and clinical diagnostics. My current main project is a reconstruction of the ways in which definitions are employed in ancient Greek mathematical proofs, most notably in Euclid’s Elements and in applied mathematics. Besides, I also conduct collaborative interdisciplinary medical research on language and (meta-)cognition in schizophrenia and related disorders.

Curriculum Vitae

Fellowships and Grants (selection):

  • 2022           Conference Grant “The Problematic Berkeley” at the University of Edinburgh by the International Berkeley Society

  • 2017           Visiting Fellowship at Princeton University by the German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • 2014-17      Doctoral Scholarship at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin by the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Prizes:

Education:

  • 2022           Doctorate in Philosophy, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

  • 2014           Magister Artium (equals a combined B.A. and M.A.) in Philosophy, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

  • 2014          Magister Artium (equals a combined B.A. and M.A.) in Cultural Studies & Aesthetics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin 

Publications

Presentations (selection) 

(‘†’ indicates refereed, ‘∗’ indicates invited)

Presentations on History and Philosophy of Mathematics:

"Text-Based Approaches to the History and Philosophy of Mathematics."

  • UNESCO World Logic Day 2022: Inceptiones et Receptiones: On the Trace of Logic, Reason, and Mathematics, January 2022 (online), National University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru.†

"Euclid’s Definitions: A Typology."

  • Lyceum Classics Community Seminar, April 2021 (online), Department of Greek and Latin, University of London, UK.†

  • Postgraduate Work-in-Progress Seminar, March 2021 (online), Institute of Classical Studies, University of London, UK.†

"Euclid’s Definitions of Regular Polyhedra."

  • British Society for History of Science Post Graduate Conference, April 2021 (online), School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, University of Leeds, UK.†

  • British Society for the History of Mathematics annual Research in Progress Meeting, February 2021 (online), The Queen's College, University of Oxford, UK.†

"Style and Philosophy in Euclid"

  • 9th European Society for the History of Science Conference: Visual, Material and Sensory Cultures of Science, September 2020 (online), University of Bologna, Italy.†

"Hidden Messages in Greek Mathematics: Results of a Statistical Analysis"

  • New Classicists Conference: Collaboration and/or New Techniques in the Classics, December 2019, King’s College London, UK.†

"Euclid’s Kinds and (Their) Attributes"

  • Lake Geneva Graduate Conference 2019: Kinds in Philosophy and Its History, October 2019, University of Geneva, Switzerland.†

"What the Order of Euclid’s Definitions Tells Us About Euclid’s Philosophical Commitments"

  • 5th International Meeting of the Association for the Philosophy of Mathematical Practice, January 2020, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.†

  • 30th Novembertagung on the History and Philosophy of Mathematics: Mathematical Cultures, Values and Norms, November 2019, Institut de Recherche Mathématique Avancée, University of Strasbourg, France.†

  • 14th Annual Philosophy Conference for Postgraduate Students in Philosophy (Open Minds XIV), August 2019 (online), University of Manchester, UK.†

  • 9th Princeton-Humboldt Graduate Conference in Philosophy, June 2019, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.†

  • 48th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies, May 2019 (online), Tel Aviv University, Israel.†

"Euclid’s Definitions: A History"

  • 14th London Ancient Science Conference, February 2019, University College London, UK.†

  • 29th Novembertagung on the History and Philosophy of Mathematics: History of Mathematical Concepts and Conceptual History of Mathematics, November 2018, University of Sevilla, Spain.†

 

Presentations on Ancient Philosophy:

"The Logical Form of Debates with Lay People: Aristotle on Inductive Dialectic."

  • 11th Congress of the Society for Analytic Philosophy (GAP): Philosophy and the Public, September, 2022, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.†

"Dialectical Deductions and Dialectical Inductions: Aristotle, Topics I.12."

  • Workshop Induction from Aristotle to Galilei – Induction in Aristotle and the Greek commentators, November 2021 (online), University of Stockholm, Sweden / University of Helsinki, Finland.*

"Why Mathematicians Should Care About (Aristotelian) Dialectic."

  • The 4th Biennial Meeting of the Society for the History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS), June 2022 (online), University of California, Irvine, USA.†

  • The British Society for the History of Mathematics & The Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics Joint Conference: People, Places, Practices, July 2021 (online), The University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK.†

 

"Was Euclid a Platonist Philosopher?"

  • 4th International Conference of the German Society for Philosophy of Science (GWP.2022), March 2022, Technical University Berlin.†

  • Categories and Kinds: Ancient Philosophers on the Structure of Reality, July 2022, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany.†

  • 3rd Annual Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop in Ancient Philosophy, May 2022, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.†

  • British Society for the History of Philosophy Annual Conference, April 2022, University of Edinburgh, UK.†

  • Postgraduate Work-in-Progress Seminar 2021/22, June 2022 (online), Institute of Classical Studies / School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK.†

  • Lyceum Classics Community Seminar 2021/22, June 2022 (online), Department of Greek and Latin, University College London, UK.†

  • Classical Association Conference 2022, April 2022 (online), Swansea University, UK.†

  • British Society for the History of Mathematics annual Research in Progress Meeting, February 2022 (online), The Queen's College, University of Oxford, UK.†

  • 32nd Novembertagung on the History and Philosophy of Mathematics: Mathematics in Times of Crisis, November 2021 (online), The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. †

  • Workshop: Intuition and Rigour in Geometrical Thinking from Antiquity to the 19th Century, December 2020 (online), Czech Academy of Sciences & Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.†

"Aristotle on Why Women Make a Difference"

  • The Women’s Classical Committee Annual Meeting 2020: Green Shoots in Classics, April 2020 (online), University of Manchester, UK.†

"The Definitions of the Human Being in Ancient Philosophy"

  • Culture and International History VI: Visions of Humanity, May 2019, Free University Berlin, Germany.†

"Scientific Definitions: A Difficulty for Pyrrhonian Scepticism"

  • 93rd Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association, July 2019, Durham University, UK.†

  • British Society for the History of Philosophy Annual Conference 2019, April 2019, King’s College London, UK.†

  • 3rd International Conference of the German Society for Philosophy of Science (GWP.2019), February 2019, University of Cologne, Germany.†

  • 10th French Philosophy of Mathematics Workshop (FPMW10), November 2018, École normale supérieure de Paris / Université Paris Diderot, France.†

  • 10th Triennial Congress of the German Society for Analytic Philosophy (GAP.10), September 2018, University of Cologne, Germany.†

  • Workshop Argumentation and Language in Hellenistic Philosophy, August 2018, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.*

 

  • 18th Israel Society for History and Philosophy of Science Conference, June 2018, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Jerusalem, Israel.†

  • 11th Annual Cambridge Graduate Conference on the Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic, January 2018, St John's College, University of Cambridge, UK.†

  • 28th Novembertagung on the History and Philosophy of Mathematics: Tools for research in mathematics, history and philosophy, November 2017, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.†

"Sextus Empiricus and the Art of Geometry"

  • 13th London Ancient Science Conference, February 2018, University College London, UK.†

  • International conference Scepticism from Antiquity to Modern Times, May 2017, Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies – Jewish Scepticism, Hamburg, Germany.†

"Mathematical Examples in Topics VI"

  • Workshop Aristotle’s Topics – The Central Books, July 2017, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.*

"What’s Odd About Euclid’s Definitions of Even and Odd? Aristotelian Dialectic and Ancient Arithmetic"

  • Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, May 2017, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.†

  • 2nd Berlin-Munich Ancient Philosophy Joint Workshop, February 2016, LMU Munich, Germany.*

"How Many Noses Did Socrates Have? Aristotle on the Definition of Snub Nose"

  • 9th Congress of the European Society for Analytic Philosophy (ECAP9), August 2017, LMU Munich, Germany.†

  • 91st Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association, July 2017, University of Edinburgh, UK.†

  • 7th HU-KCL Graduate Philosophy Conference, June 2017, King’s College London, UK.†

  • 61st Annual Congress of the Canadian Philosophical Association, May 2017, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.†

  • 5th Stockholm Philosophy Graduate Conference, April 2017, Stockholm University, Sweden.

  • Philsoc meetings, April 2017, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA.†

  • Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy Workshop: Argument in Ancient Thought, April 2017, University of Chicago, Illinois, USA.*

  • 49th Meeting of the North Texas Philosophical Association, March/April 2017, University of Texas at Dallas, Texas, USA.†

  • 11th Southeast Graduate Philosophy Conference, March 2017, University of Florida at Gainesville, Florida, USA.†

  • North Carolina Philosophical Society Conference 2017, February 2017, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, North Carolina, USA.†

  • 20th Oxford Philosophy Graduate Conference, November 2016, University of Oxford, UK.†

"Mathematical Babbling: Aristotle on Definitions with Repetitions"

  • Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient Literature (AMPAL): Repetition in Ancient Literature, September 2016, University of Oxford, UK.†

 

Presentations on Philosophy of Medicine / Medical Humanities / Psychiatry:

"Linguistic vs. Metalinguistic Testing in in Recent Research on Schizophrenia" (with Ivan Nenchev)

  • 4th International Conference of the German Society for Philosophy of Science (GWP.2022), March 2022, Technical University Berlin.†

"The Value of Philosophy of Language for Diagnosing Schizophrenia" (with Ivan Nenchev)

  • Philosophy in Medical Education: Colloquium on Psychiatry, November 2020 (online), King’s College London, UK.†

"The Proverbs Test in Clinical Practice" (with Ivan Nenchev)

  • Advanced Training Course for Clinicians, May 2021 (online), Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Charité – Medical University Berlin, Germany.*

  • Advanced Training Course for Clinicians, February 2020, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Charité – Medical University Berlin, Germany.*

"Metaphor Comprehension in Schizophrenia" (with Ivan Nenchev)

  • British Society of Aesthetics Conference: Art, Aesthetics, and the Medical and Health Humanities, February 2020, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.†

  • 21th Annual Conference of the International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry: Experts in Mental Health, October 2019, University of Warsaw, Poland.†

  • Exeter Medical Humanities Postgraduate Conference 2019: Embodiment, Health, and Medicine, June 2019, University of Exeter, UK.†

  • Graduate Conference Socratic Dialectic Applied: How Can Principles Be Justified?, February 2019, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.*

 

Poster presentations:

"What’s Odd about Euclid’s Definitions of Even and Odd?" 

  • New Classicists Conference, December 2019, King’s College London, UK.

  • 15th Congress of the Fédération internationale des associations d’études classiques / Classical Association of England and Wales Joint Conference (FIEC/CA 2019), July 2019, UCL Institute of Education, Senate House, Birkbeck, University of London, UK.†

Winner of the De Gruyter Trends in Classics Poster Prize 2019