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Lehrveranstaltungen Sommersemester 2015

Seminar und Lektürekurs

Thinking the World. The “Introduction” to “Logic” by Porphyry of Tyre.

Veranstaltungsnummer 10074

Mi. 16:00 bis 18:00 c.t. woch 15.04.2015 bis 15.07.2015 Leopoldstr. 13, Haus 2 - 2202

Porphyry’s Isagoge, literally “Introduction” in Greek, is an essential propaedeutic to logic and epistemology, in fact a universal philosophy textbook for centuries, East and West, in as many areas as the Greek, Syriac, Arabic, and Latin. Within the Classical tradition virtually all professional philosophers engaged with the Isagoge as it sets out some of the diriment questions for any subsequent instruction in the discipline. How does the mind conceptualize external reality in the first place? How does it organize ordinary experience into a coherent body of concepts? How do mental concepts relate to objects existing in the outside world? How do these concepts themselves ‘exist’, if they are ‘existent’ at all? The course explores the fundamental intuitions at play in this extremely influential treatise and articulates, through accurate reading and participative discussion, the philosophical substance that is valid for the present-day debate and/or informed the ancient commentatorial tradition.
Voraussetzungen: Knowledge of English
Leistungsnachweis: BA-Haupt- und Nebenfach Philosophie: Hausarbeit ODER (Referat+Ausarbeitung bzw. Ergebnisprotokoll); je nach Vorgabe der/s Dozierenden
nur, wenn der Kurs innerhalb des WP 6 im BA-Nebenfach Philosophie (aktuelle Prüfungsordnung) belegt wird: Referat ODER Protokoll ODER Essay, je nach Vorgabe der/s Dozierenden

Anmeldung: (LSF) pre-registration is not necessary.



The Islamic Afterlife of Aristotle’s Metaphysics

Veranstaltungsnummer 10056

Do. 16:00 bis 18:00 c.t. woch 16.04.2015 bis 16.07.2015 Amalienstr. 73A - 218

The course features some of the most representative documents on the Metaphysics written in Arabic: commentaries, paraphrases, epitomes, and other elaborations based on the work of Aristotle. Through a selection of pertinent readings a thematic path will be traced into fundamental questions debated by Islamic thinkers in reference to the Aristotelian text, such as the nature and method of metaphysics, the kinds and numbers of metaphysical principles, the finiteness of causal chains. Selected authors include Abū Yūsuf Yaʿqūb al-Kindī (d. after 870), Abū ʿAlī ibn Sīnā (d. 1037), and ʿAbd al-Laṭīf al-Baġdādī (d. 1231). All texts will be read in the original language and subjected to textual and linguistic analysis alongside philosophical discussion and doctrinal evaluation. Knowledge of Classical Arabic at an intermediate level, or higher, is required.
Voraussetzungen: Classical Arabic (intermediate); Knowledge of English.
Leistungsnachweis: term paper OR (presentation+essay/record), according to the lecturer's specification (= BA and general MA program in philosophy); equivalent forms of assessment by arrangement [9 ECTS-points]
Anmeldung: (LSF) pre-registration is not necessary.


Oberseminar (zus. mit. Prof.Dr. Adamson, Peter Scott und  Prof.Dr.  Primavesi, Oliver)

Alexander of Aphrodisias' Metaphysics Commentary in Averroes

Veranstaltungsnummer 10160

Di. 14:00 bis 16:00 c.t. woch 14.04.2015 bis 14.07.2015 Raum: MusaPH (Leopoldstr. 11b, 4. Stock, Raum 433)

This seminar, which continues from two previous semesters of work, concentrates on the fragments of Alexander of Aphrodisias' otherwise lost commentary on Book Lambda of the Metaphysics, which are preserved in Arabic in the Metaphysics commentary of Averroes. Each fragment is discussed with reference to the underlying Aristotelian passage and Averroes' response to Alexander, with attention given to both philological and philosophical aspects of the material.

Arabic text

Averroès, Tafsīr Mā Baʿd aṭ-Ṭabīʿat, ed. M. Bouyges, vol.3, Beirut 1938.

German translation
Die durch Averroes erhaltenen Fragmente Alexanders zur Metaphysik des Aristoteles untersucht und übersetzt von J. Freudenthal. Mit Beiträgen zur Erläuterung des arabischen Textes von S. Fränkel. Aus den Abhandlungen der Königl. Preuß. Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin vom Jahre 1884.
Vorgelegt in der Sitzung der phil.-hist. Classe am 1. Nov. 1883. Berlin 1885.

English translation

Ibn Rushd’s Metaphysics. A translation with Introduction of Ibn Rushd's Commentary on Aristotle’s Metaphysics, Book Lām, by Charles Genequand, Leiden 1986.

French translation

Aubert Martin, Averroès, Grand commentaire de la Métaphysique d'Aristote (Tafsīr mā daʽd at-tabīʽat). Livre lam-lambda, traduit de l'arabe et annoté, Paris 1984.

See also Averroes' Epitome of the Metaphysics:

R. Arnzen, Averroes: On Aristotle's Metaphysics (Berlin 2010).

Voraussetzungen: Arabic competence is not required for participation in the seminar; discussion is held in English.