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Jens Soentgen: Die moderne Chemie als Fortsetzung der Alchemie. Eine wissenschaftshistorische Umkehrung

Termin Donnerstag, 20. Juni 2024, 16.00 - 17.30 Uhr
Veranstaltungsart Vorlesung/Vortrag
Reihe ETROD-Reihe: “Chemistry and Society”: Jens Soentgen (Augsburg University)
Einrichtung Philosophische Fakultät I
Veranstalter Seminar für Ethnologie


On Thursday, 20 June 2024 the philosopher and chemist Jens Soentgen of the Augsburg University will revisit the relation between chemistry and alchemy in a talk on “Die moderne Chemie als Fortsetzung der Alchemie. Eine wissenschaftshistorische Umkehrung” (in German).

This contribution will challenge the representation of alchemy as a history of a mistaken path as it is usually constructed in accounts crafted by historians of chemistry. Instead, Jens Soentgen will point out the continuities between alchemy and chemistry – in terms of substances, practices, and guiding principles.

Jens Soentgen studied chemistry and then gained a doctoral degree in philosophy with a thesis on the concept of substance (Das Unscheinbare, Berlin 1997). He is the scientific director of the Environmental Science Centre at the University of Augsburg and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Memorial University in St. John's, Canada (Newfoundland) as well as at the University of Augsburg. Soentgen is co-editor of the well-known book series “Stoffgeschichten” (“Histories of substances”) and author of several books (and countless papers) in the realm of philosophy, material and environmental history, history of science, and science communication.



To prepare the discussion we recommend to read the long abstract provided by the author (attached). Even though both the text and the talk are in German, Jens Soentgen is happy to receive and reply to questions in English.

To join us online, please use the following link:

Meeting-ID: 650 2098 8539

Kenncode: 639066

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