With the program of the CAS Research Groups, the Center for Advanced Studies supports and encourages international cooperation at LMU. Two research groups are currently working at CAS: Dieter Braun is investigating the formation of life on earth, while Oliver Primavesi is producing a new edition of Aristotle's "Metaphysics".
Dieter Braun is working with his CAS research group to develop nothing less than a new picture of the origin of life. To conclude his year at CAS, he is organizing an international conference to which internationally renowned experts are invited. They are addressing questions such as how did the first genetic material develop? How can we construct a primordial cell? And which chemicals would be prerequisites for the synthesis of life on other planets?
Aristotle's "Metaphysics" is one of the fundamental works of world philosophy. In their research group, Oliver Primavesi and Marwan Rashed are working on a new edition which will systematically incorporate the medieval Arabic reception for the first time, thereby contesting traditional interpretations. The project is receiving support from additional highly renowned fellows: as part of the CAS project, Alan Code and David Charles, two of the world's leading Aristotle specialists, are advising the editors and will discuss initial findings in a joint conference.