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Lehrveranstaltungen Wintersemester 2016/2017

Seminar und Lektürekurs

Metaphysics as a Science: Ancient Preambles and Medieval Debate

Do. 12:00 bis 14:00 c.t. woch 20.10.2016 bis 09.02.2017 Schellingstr. 5, room 204

Scholars of Aristotle following Werner Jaeger (d. 1961) have emphasized the non-linear character of the argument that is developed in the Metaphysics and the twisted circumstances of its composition. By contrast, medieval interpreters of Aristotle tended to assume a distinct unity of conception and structure, and worked to trace the contours of metaphysics as a well-ordered science. By way of an introduction to the history of the debate, a selection of approaches will be explored in the voices of Aristotle (d. 322 BC), for the ancient background, Avicenna (d. 1037 AD) and Averroes (d. 1198) for the Islamic tradition, and Thomas Aquinas (d. 1274) in the Latin Middle Ages. While concurring in the view that metaphysics constitutes a solid, full-blown science, medievals elaborate highly diverse accounts of what metaphysics as a science should look like. Their differences testify to the variety and vitality of the transcultural effort to defend the possibility of a universal and overarching science of being.
Voraussetzungen: Knowledge of English.
Anmeldung: Muss zwischen dem 26.09. und dem 10.10.2016 über das LSF-System priorisiert belegt werden.

Materialien: Metaphysics As a Science - Course Packet.pdf;


The Problem of God’s Knowledge in Pagan, Islamic, and Christian Theologies

Do. 16:00 bis 18:00 c.t. woch 20.10.2016 bis 09.02.2017 Geschw.-Scholl-Pl. 1 (E) - E 212

God’s knowledge posed a fraught question. The results of rational investigation show that God as the most perfect being must know the most perfect object, which is God Himself in contradistinction to the lower world. At the same time, rational theologies and Abrahamic religions teach that God exerts providential care over mundane things and must, therefore, have some knowledge of wordly matters. The course explores major lineaments of the problematique and solutions elaborated within the three milieus of Greek, Arabic, and Latin scholasticisms. Readings and discussion will range over a selection of representative authors including Aristotle, Themistius, Avicenna, al-Ghazālī, Averroes, and Thomas Aquinas. Close analysis and philosophical discussion of the sources with emphasis on tracing the developments of the debate across the various cultural and linguistic contexts of philosophical theology.
Voraussetzungen: Knowledge of English
Anmeldung: (LSF) pre-registration is not necessary

Materialien: God's Knowledge - Course Packet-1.pdf;