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Averroe's Epitome of Aristotle's Metaphysics

Veranstaltungsnummer 10042

Mo. 16:00 bis 18:00 c.t. woch 06.10.2014 bis 26.01.2015 Geschw.-Scholl-Pl. 1 (E) - E 210

The Metaphysics of Aristotle, his philosophical journey into being qua being and first principles, is among the most influential and most challenging readings in the entire history of philosophy. A remarkably lucid and compact introduction to the subject is provided by the Islamic thinker Averroes of Cordoba (d. 1198) in his so-called "Epitome", a medieval handbook for beginners in philosophy and must read for the educated. The Epitome affords a concise, convenient, and comprehensive overview of Aristotle's Metaphysics for those with a predominant interest in ancient philosophy. At the same time it contains a sophisticated blend of metaphysical themes from both the Aristotelian and the Platonic traditions, which presents the student of Arabic and Islamic culture with an emblem of the harmonizing attitude that distinguishes, in particular, philosophy in Islam. The seminar will offer a guided reading acorss Averroes's Epitome of the Metaphysics in the English translation by Ruediger Arnzen (De Gruyter, 2010). In addition the Epitome reading will be accompanied by a selection of the secondary literature as a complement to facilitate historical orientation, philosophical analysis, active and participative discussion among students.
Voraussetzungen: Knowledge of English




Übung zum Essaykurs "Averroe's Epitome of Aristotle's Metaphysics"

Veranstaltungsnummer 10046

Do. 16:00 bis 18:00 c.t. woch 09.10.2014 bis 29.01.2015 Amalienstr. 73A - 120

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

Averroes, Long Commentary on Metaphysics Lambda and Alpha Elatton

Veranstaltungsnummer 10143

Di. 14:00 bis 16:00 c.t. woch 07.10.2014 bis 27.01.201,  Ort: MusaPH, Leopoldstr. 11b - Raum 433

The so-called "Long Commentary" of the great Muslim commentator Averroes (d.1198) is a major text in the history of philosophy, for several reasons. Most obviously, it contains brilliant and incisive discussion of the meaning of Aristotle's text. Also it preserves further commentary from earlier thinkers, particularly otherwise lost material from the greatest ancient commentator on Aristotle, Alexander of Aphrodisias. Finally, the Arabic text can be used as a witness for the textual tradition of the Metaphysics itself. In this seminar we will examine the Long Commentary on Book Lambda, in which Aristotle presents his philosophical treatment of immaterial substances, including God; and then move on to his commentary on Alpha Elatton, which for Averroes was the first book of Aristotle's Metaphysics.

An English translation of Averroes' Commentary on Book Lambda can be found in: C. Genequand, Ibn Rushd's Metaphysics (Leiden: 1984).

See also Averroes' Epitome of the Metaphysics: R. Arnzen, Averroes: On Aristotle's Metaphysics (Berlin 2010).

Bemerkung: This is a continuation of a seminar already begun in SoSe 2014, hence we will begin in the midst of the commentary on Lambda.