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Accueil > Archives > Séminaires des années précédentes > Séminaires 2019-2020 : archives > Averroes’s Cosmology : The Middle Commentary on the De Caelo of Aristotle 2019–2020

Axis History and philosophy of Life Sciences

Averroes’s Cosmology : The Middle Commentary on the De Caelo of Aristotle 2019–2020



In his commentaries on Aristotle’s De caelo, Averroes aimed to rethink the foundations of Aristotelian cosmology. The aim of the seminar is

1) to bring to light the principles which underlie Averroes’ project and to situate this project in the large scale history of the cosmological doctrines taking their starting point in Aristotle’s De caelo ;
2) to describe Averroes’ exegetical methods, varying with the format taken on by his commentaries. A special attention will be paid to his ‘formalist’ style and to his efforts to show that Aristotle’s exposition conforms maximally to the demonstrative model of the Posterior Analytics.


We intend to produce a French annotated translation of Averroes’ Middle Commentary on the De Caelo with a view to reconstructing a key moment in the history of medieval cosmological doctrines. This work will be carried out by combining the skills of science and philosophy historians, as well as Arabists, Hebraists and Latinists, this commentary being available in Hebrew and Latin.



Organizer : Ahmad Hasnaoui (CNRS).

Seminar of the UMR 7219, CNRS-Paris 7 Diderot University with EPHE and Paris I University.

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PROGRAM 2019-2020


Sessions on Fridays, 2:30pm to 5:30pm, at University Paris Diderot, Building Condorcet, Room Rothko, 412B (side Seine River, 4th floor)
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November 22, 2019 December 20 postponed to Jan. 24 !!! January 10, 2020 postponed to Jan. 24 !!! January 24 February 28 March 13 April 3 May 15 June 5
All sessions of SPHERE seminars are suspended from March 15 due to covid-19. We hope to be able to provide further updates and to see you soon.



Fridays November 22, 2019, January 24, 2020, February 28

  • CMDC II,13-14 : Immobilité, situation et figure de la terre. Réfutation d’Anaximandre à propos de la cause de l’immobilité de la terre
    Edmond Mazet (University of Lille)


March 13

  • CMDC II,13-14 : Immobilité, situation et figure de la terre. Partie constructive
    Edmond Mazet (University of Lille)






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