Fellows



Jakob Moser
IFK_Research Fellow


Duration of fellowship
01. October 2021 bis 31. January 2022

Jakob Moser

PROJECT TITLE

Simulacra of the Demonic. Anthony the Hermit or the Autonomy of Objective Phantasm



PROJECT DESCRIPTION

When the early Christian hermit Saint Anthony the Great withdrew into the Egyptian desert, he was, according to ancient legends, tempted by the demons via simulacra, fantastic phantoms, and creatures. As he resisted all temptations, Anthony was named the »father of the monks« and the »saint of imagination.« Whereas demonic phantasms were considered projections of subjective desires and fears in modernity, premodern hagiographers and theologians stressed their objectivity and autonomy. The project investigates historical shifts of the conception of the demonic through the motif of Saint Anthony in late antique theology, early modern iconography, and modern literature. The aim is to pursue to a comprehensive ontological, aesthetic, and ethic history of simulacra.



CV

Jakob Moser is a philosopher and scholar in cultural studies. He obtained his Ph.D. with a thesis on Lucretius and wrote a book on Descartes. He is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and Researcher at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Vienna. He studied and pursued his research in Innsbruck, Lecce, Vienna, Konstanz, Berkeley and Florence. Currently, he is Research Fellow at the IFK.



Publications

Rationis Imago. Descartes’ Dichten, Träumen, Denken, Paderborn 2018; »Integri Fontes. Allegorie und Zitat beim jungen Descartes«, in: Claus Zittel und Marcus Born (Hg.), Literarische Denkformen, Paderborn 2018, S. 47–79; »Manifest gegen die Evidenz. Tastsinn und Gewissheit bei Lukrez«, in: Helmut Lethen, Ludwig Jäger, Albrecht Koschorke (Hg.), Auf die Wirklichkeit zeigen. Zum Problem der Evidenz in den Kulturwissenschaften. Ein Reader, Frankfurt/New York 2015, S. 85–105.

25
October
2021
18:15
  • Lecture
IFK; IFK@Zoom
Jakob Moser

 

Seit dem Spätmittelalter werden die Versuchungen des heiligen Antonius oftmals als Leseszene visualisiert. In den bildenden Künsten wird Antonius als versunkener, gestörter oder geschändeter Leser dargestellt, der dem Überfall der Dämonen ausgesetzt ist. Jakob Moser fragt ausgehend von diesen Bildern nach dem Verhältnis von Schrift und Versuchung.

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