Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Department of Philosophy - Philosophy, Science and the Sciences

Rosa Matera

Dissertation project

In book VI of the Physics Aristotle develops a complex ‘continuum theory’, that shows traces of its polemical origins, arguing against adversaries whose opposite views might be reconstructed with the help of the anonymous treatise On indivisible lines. This treatise constitutes an important testimony for the existence of non-Aristotelian continuum theories, especially in the field of geometry, analysis of which could provide a deeper understanding of the philosophical context to which Aristotle refers, as well as of the development of the concept of geometric continuity.


2014-19 PhD Studies (cum laude) within the programme ‘Philosophy, Science and the Science’, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
2011-14 Master’s Degree in Classics (110/110 cum laude) at the ‘Alma Mater Studiorum’ University of Bologna.
2008-11 Bachelor’s Degree in Classics (110/110 cum laude) at the ‘Federico II’ University of Napoli.