Causal- and Sign-based Sciences – The Epistemology of Prognostic Disciplines in the Middle Ages (2014)

Length: 25min 36sec

Reflections by Prof. Dr. Alexander Fidora, Prof. Dr. Michael Lackner and Prof. Dr. Herbers about the book release "Mantische Künste und die Epistemologie prognostischer Wissenschaften im Mittelalter" The prognostic disciplines were neglected in the European history of philosophy and other sciences. Alexander Fidora reveals in his book the important relevance of the prognostic disciplines in the 12th and 13th century, where they were autonomous disciplines in contrast to their rejected role in modern science. With Klaus Herbers and Michael Lackner he speaks about causal-based sciences and the property of prognostic sciences, which refer to signs. In this aspect it is important for Michael Lackner to see similarities and varieties to Buddhism and Chinese sciences. Another topic of the discussion is the relation of prognostic disciplines and religion. In addition, Klaus Herbers in the discussed science system focuses on the subject “freedom”, which is one item of the consortium topic “Fate, Freedom and Prognostication”.

Keywords: IKGF, Medieval Studies
Speakers: Prof. Dr. Michael Lackner, Prof. Dr. Klaus Herbers, Prof. Alexander Fidora
Language: English
Nature of Event: Documentary


The Antichrist - A Separate Path of the Occident? (2013)

Length: 13min 22sec

“The Antichrist is not a myth”, states Gian Luca Potestà in the introduction to his compendium in the university library at Erlangen on 5 February 2013. Tracing the figure of the Antichrist in Medieval Europe and in dialogue with Sinologists reflecting on structural equivalents in East Asia, the phenomenon turns out to be characteristic for the occident.

Keywords: IKGF, Medieval Studies, Antichrist
Speakers: Prof. Dr. Michael Lackner, Herbert Hofmann, Prof. Joachim Gentz, Dr. Esther-Maria Guggenmos, Prof. Gian Luca Potesta
Language: English
Nature of Event: Documentary