Jil Muller - New Voices Research Profile

My research is twofold: on the one hand, I am interested in French Women Philosophers and Scientists in the early modern period, such as Marie de Gournay, Sophie Germain and Émilie du Châtelet. I am mainly concerned with their moral theories and their understanding of man in society, as well as with the status or role of man in the creation of God. And on the other hand I am interested in the medical tradition of the 16th and 17th centuries women philosophers and scientists and their understanding of the body, mechanism and humorism.

I am currently Deputy Head of the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists, and Post-doc and Assistant Professor at Paderborn University. Previously, I have worked on a DFG-funded edition project of the “Historical-critical digital edition of the Paris Manuscripts of Émilie du Châtelet’s Institutions de physique

I wrote my PhD thesis, in Strasbourg, France, on Montaigne, Descartes and the question of original sin, which I analysed following a medical scheme. A large part of my research on Descartes was also dedicated to Elisabeth of Bohemia and her role in Descartes’ understanding of medicine and anthropology. The book is published by Classiques Garnier: Soigner l’humain – Péchés et remèdes chez Montaigne et Descartes.

Contact: jil.muller@uni-paderborn.de

Personal webpage: https://zenmem.academia.edu/JilMuller

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