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Lehrveranstaltungen Wintersemester 2019-2020


Fortgeschrittenenseminar (zus. mit Prof. Dr. Adamson, Peter)

al-Razi, Doubts About Galen

Di. 10:00 bis 12:00 c.t. woch 15.10.2019 bis 04.02.2020 in MusaPH (Leopoldstr. 11b, 4. Stock, Raum 433)

In this seminar we will read selections from Doubts About Galen (Shukuk ‘ala Jalinus), on the basis of a recently appeared edition by Pauline Koetschet. This work may at first seem to be a critique of Galen’s medical theories by his fellow doctor, Abu Bakr al-Razi (d.925 CE), it is in fact full of philosophical material on topics ranging from the eternity of the world to epistemology, from the nature of vision to atomism. In our seminar we will read selections of the more philosophically intriguing material; participants will take it in turns to read the Arabic and translate into English, so competence in these languages is a prerequisite for participation.

Primary text:

Doutes sur Galien, ed. and trans. P. Koetschet (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2019).

Secondary literature:

P. Adamson, “Galen and Abu Bakr al-Razi on Time,” in Medieval Arabic Thought: Essays in Honour of Fritz Zimmermann, ed. R. Hansberger and C. Burnett (London: Warburg Institute, 2012a), 1-14.
P. Adamson, “Abu Bakr Al-Razi,” in H. Eichner and M. Perkams (eds), Handbuch der islamischen Philosophie (Darmstadt: 2013), 199-217.
A.Z. Iskandar, “Al-Razi al-ṭabib al-ʾikliniki ,” Al-Mashreq (1962), 217–82 ; English trans. by Z. and P.E. Pormann in P.E. Pormann (ed.), Islamic Medical and Scientific Tradition, Critical Concepts in Islamic Studies, 4 vols (London: 2011), vol. 1, 207–53.
P. Koetschet, “Galien, al-Razi, et l’éternité du monde. Les fragment du traité Sur la Démonstration IV, dans les Doutes sur Galien,” Arabic Sciences and Philosophy 25 (2015), 167-98.
M. Mohaghegh, The Kitab al-Shukuk ‘ala Jalinus of Muhammad ibn Zakariyya al-Razi, in W.B. Hallaq and D.P. Little, Islamic Studies Presented to Charles J. Adams (Leiden: Brill, 1991), 107-116.

A.M. Mokhtar, Rhases contra Galenum. Die Galenkritik in den ersten zwanzig Büchern des “Continens” von Ibn [sic] ar-Razi, Bonn PhD, 1969.

G. Strohmaier, “Bekannte und unbekannte zitate in den Zwiefeln an Galen des Rhazes,” in K.D. Fischer, D. Nickel and P. Potter (eds), Text and Tradition (Leiden: 1998), 263-89.