Arabic Philosophy within/without the Western Canon

Talk

WHEN December 4, 2013
6:30-8pm WHERE NYUAD Downtown Campus, Abu Dhabi WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute Open to the Public

It has become standard in Western histories of philosophy to recognize the contributions of the Muslim philosophers Avicenna and Averroes. This is entirely commendable, though it is important to consider how the two Arabic Aristotelians (and possibly their cohort) are presented. Are they presented primarily as transmitters of Greek learning into Latin medieval philosophy? Or as individual geniuses from an otherwise strange environment? This talk discusses some of the challenges of integrating the broader Arabic tradition into the teaching of Western philosophy, and why the effort is worthwhile nonetheless.

Simultaneous Arabic translation will be provided

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