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Striving for Coherence : Readings in Averroes’ Incoherence of the Incoherence 2015–2016

Seminar of Arabic philosophy

Organizers : David Wirmer (Ass. Pr Arabic and Jewish Philosophy, Universität zu Köln/Thomas-Institut) and Jean-Baptiste Brenet (Pr of Arabic Philosophy, Univ. Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne, SPHERE).
Contact : Prof. J.-B. Brenet, jb.brenet [ at ]
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We will discuss Averroes’ Incoherence of the Incoherence (Tahāfut al-tahāfut), one of the most prominent yet, curiously, least studied works of Ibn Rušd. Each of the four lectures will deal with a systematic topic from among the issues covered by Averroes in his defence against al-Ġazālī’s criticism. A „workshop style“ discussion concludes each meeting. We hope the seminary will function as an impulse for further studies in the Tahāfut. On a larger scale, the seminary is meant to promote the historically informed but philosophically oriented reading of Arabic philosophical texts : „Striving for coherence“ – this also means making sense of Arabic philosophy today.
It is our joint aim to raise awareness for the part Arabic philosophy has played in the intellectual history of Europe, and to read this heritage much in the same way that we study today Ancient, Modern, or even Contemporary Philosophy.

Archives : 2014-2015

PROGRAMME 2015-2016

Friday April 15, 14:00–17:00, Paris, Room Rothko, 412B
  • Christian Jambet (EPHE, Paris)
    La doctrine des maîtres du soufisme (ru’asâ’ al-sûfiyya) dans Tahâfut al-tahâfut [13e question, éd. Bouyges, p. 463]

Friday April 29, Cologne

  • Matteo di Giovanni (LMU)
    Averroes on God’s Knowledge : Historical and Philosophical Perspectives.

Friday June 10, 13:00–15:00, University Paris Diderot, Room Rothko, 412B

  • Yamina Adouhane
    Cohérence de la conception d’Averroès du possible avicennien dans le Tahâfut al-tahâfut.

Friday July 1rst, Cologne

  • Jules Janssens
    Ibn Taymiyya’s Use of Averroes’s Tahāfut al-tahāfut in his Darʾ taʿāruḍ al-ʿaql wa-l-naql.

Access to the campus in Cologne.

* Paris : University Paris Diderot, bâtiment / building Condorcet,
10 rue Alice Domon et Léonie Duquet, 75013 Paris.
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