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Seminar of the Centre CHSPAM 2020–2021

Science and Philosophy from Ancient to Modern Age

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SCHEDULE 2020-2021
Once a month, on Fridays, 9:30am – 5:00pm, Building Condorcet, University Paris of Paris, campus Diderot*, 4, rue Elsa Morante, 75013 Paris

Coordination : Silvia Di Donato

IMPORTANT : actually, the Studies Days are on Zoom-University of Paris. To get the link of connexion, please read the instructions below for each program
Date Organisation
December 10
Prophecy and Revelation in Arab-Islamic and Jewish Philosophical Traditions S. Di Donato
February 18
Philosophy & Medicine in Classical Islam C. Cerami, J. Chandelier
April 15
New research on intentionality in the Middle Ages (1) V. Decaix
May 6
The term ma’nâ (intention) in the Arabic tradition - between kalâm, falsafa and grammar M. Rogasch,
L. Tardy
June 17
The Principles of Demonstration
in the Aristotelian Tradition. Greek, Arabic and Latin Interpretations of the Posterior Analytics
V. De Risi
December 10, 10 am–12am and 2:30 pm–4:30 pm

Prophecy and Revelation in Arab-Islamic and Jewish Philosophical Traditions

Organisation : S. Di Donato

  • 10 am Silvia Di DONATO (CNRS, UMR 7219)
    Introduction. La Scène du mont Sinaï dans le discours sur la prophétie d’après les autographes
    Guide des égarés.
  • 10:40 am David LEMLER (Sorbonne University)
    Tradition et philosophie dans l’établissement du sens des textes prophétiques
    chez Maïmonide et Albalag
  • 11:20 am Olga LIZZINI (Université Aix-Marseille, Iremam)
    Prophecy according to the falsafa : some remarks on imagination, truth (and politics)


  • 2:30 pm Cecilia MARTINI (University of Padua)
    Revelation and Prophecy in al-Fārābī : models and aporias
  • 3:10 pm Meryem SEBTI (CNRS, UMR 8230)
    L’angélologie comme fondement de l’expérience prophétique chez Avicenne
  • 3:50 pm Peter ADAMSON (University of Munich)
    Averroes’ Decisive Treatise (Faṣl al-maqāl) and Exposition (Kashf) as Dialectical Works

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February 18, 2021, 10am – 12:30am / 2:30pm – 4pm

Philosophy & Medecine in Classical Islam

Organisation : C. Cerami & J. Chandelier

  • 10:15am Julien DEVINANT (Centre Léon Robin)
    Idées noires ? Raison et émotions dans la mélancolie selon Galien
  • 11am Jawdath JABBOUR (Centre Paul-Albert Février)
    Les différentes formes de l’argumentation en faveur du cardiocentrisme dans le Contre Galien de Farabi
  • 11:45am Tommaso ALPINA (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
    Are plants and animals a matter of complexion ? Preliminary remarks on botany and zoology in Avicenna

  • 2:30pm Pauline KOETSCHET (IFPO Beirut)
    Quels logiciens sont les médecins ? Médecine et logique dans les Doutes sur Galien
    et la
    Solution aux Doutes
  • 15:15pm – 4pm Joël CHANDELIER (University PARIS 8)
    Médecine et politique, médecins et pouvoirs (al-Andalus, XIIe s.

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Thursday April 15, 2021, 1:45pm–5:30pm, webconference
Friday September 29, University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne

New research on intentionality in the Middle Ages

Organisation :

V. Decaix (University Paris 1, Gramata, UMR 7219),

with the support of the Institut Universitaire de France

The aim of this workshop is to give a panorama of new and on-going research on the concepts of “intention” and “intentionality” in medieval philosophy.
Influenced by the Brentanian Tradition (and later by Phenomenology), medievalists have mainly focused on the noetic dimension of “intentional acts”, sustained by a reading of the commentaries of De anima, thereby giving a slightly too unilateral perspective on the concept of “Intentionality”.
By replacing the concept of intentio in the various contexts in which it emerges (ethics, politics, grammar, logic, physics, etc.) and by exploring diverse sources (juridical, theological, etc.), our purpose will be to get a broader, maybe less univocal, understanding of the medieval concept of intentionality, better mirroring the richness and complexity of its diverse uses during the Middle Ages.


Thursday April 15, 2021, 1:45pm–5:30pm, webconference

New research on intentionality in the Middle Ages (1)

To attend the session, please request the link to the session before April 13, 2021 at the following address :
  • 1:45pm Presentation

Chair : Aurélien Robert (CNRS, CHSPAM, SPHere, UMR 7219)

  • 2pm–2:30pm Laurent CESALLI (Université de Genève)
    Intentionnalité et similitude -– quelques éléments austro-médiévaux
  • 2:30pm–3pm José Filipe SILVA (University of Helsinki)
    Intentionality of acts vs intentionality of content in Late Medieval theories of Perception
  • 3pm–3:30pm Discussion
  • 3:30pm–3:45pm Break
  • 3:45pm–4:15 pm Valérie CORDONIER (CNRS, SPHere)
    Au carrefour de la physique et de l’éthique : le praeter intentionem chez les lecteurs latins d’Aristote (c. 1250-1550)
  • 4:15 pm–4:45pm Martin PICKAVÉ (University of Toronto)
    The Intentionality of Appetitive Acts

Chair : Cristina Cerami (CNRS, CHSPAM, SPHere, UMR 7219)

  • 4:45pm–5:15pm Discussion
  • 5:15pm–5:30pm Conclusion

Friday September 29, 2021, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (provisional)

New research on intentionality in the Middle Ages (2)

Morning (10am–1am)

  • David BENNETT
    Why we need maʿānī : anticipating intentio in the Arabic tradition
  • Elena BALTUTA (Humboldt-Universität Berlin)
    From Physical to Cognitive : Types of Intentionality in the Middle Ages
  • Ana Maria MORA MARQUEZ (Göteborg Universitet)
    Science et dialectique chez Raoul Le Breton

Afternoon (2:30pm–5:30pm)

  • Charles EHRET (University Paris 1)
    Presentation of his book : Agir en vertu d’un autre. Thomas d’Aquin et l’ontologie de l’instrument, Paris, Vrin, 2021
  • Martin KLEIN (Universität Wüzburg)
    Actus vitalis and Erlebnis : Pre-reflexive self-awareness in the late middle ages
  • Anna TROPIA (Charles University Prague)
    On the side of Duns Scotus. How to conceive of assimilation ?

Thursday May 6 (I) and in December (II), 2021

The term ma‘na (intention) in the Arabic tradition – between kalâm, falsafa, and grammar

Organisation :

Miriam Rogasch & Lucie Tardy, (University Paris 1, Gramata, UMR 7219)

The concept of ma’nā conventionally translated by the term “intention”) is of central importance in Arabic grammar, the kalām and falsafa. Despite its centrality, the complexity of its usage and its meaning has only been partially investigated and the history of the term still remains to be written. The plurality of traditions and sources in which the concept of ma’nā appears only adds to the challenge that one is confronted with when trying to determine what meaning this term conveys. To provide an example, in the tradition of falsafa alone, the concept of ma’nā appears in contexts as diverse as metaphysics, logic, psychology, noetics, and the theory of action.

Given the richness and importance of the concept of ma’nā, the aim of this workshop is twofold : firstly, our objective is to elucidate the meaning of the term in specific contexts in which this concept is central. Secondly, by bringing together specialists from different fields, we hope to further the interdisciplinary exchange on the subject, thereby laying the foundation for a more encompassing history of the concept of ma’nā.

The conference will be divided in three parts, the first part will take place on May 6th 2021, the second on December 9th 2021, the third on October 13 2022. .


May 6 2021, 9:45am – 5:30pm (webconference, Zoom)

Please send an email to to register for the event to until May 2nd 2021. Once confirmed, a Zoom link will be emailed to all participants in advance of the workshop
  • 9:45am
  • 10am
    Marwan RASHED (Sorbonne University)
    σημαινόμενον / ma’nā
  • 11am
    Georgine AYOUB (INALCO)
    La matérialité de la langue et le ma’nā entre nahw et balāgha : quelques éléments d’analyse
  • 12am – 2pm Lunchbreak
  • 2pm
    Ziad BOU AKL (CNRS)
    Le ma’nā dans le premier kalām sunnite
  • 3pm
    Francesco CHIABOTTI (INALCO)
    "Plonge dans l’océan des maʿānī !" Notes sur l’emploi de maʿnā dans la littérature mystique en islam
  • 4pm – 5:30pm
    final discussion

June 17, 2021 (webconference, Zoom)

The Principles of Demonstration in the Aristotelian Tradition
Greek, Arabic and Latin Interpretations of the Posterior Analytic

Organisation :

Vincenzo De Risi
(CNRS, SPHere & Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Department I, Visiting Fellow)

Workshop together with the seminar Mathematics from Ancient to Modern Age

  • 2:30pm – 2:40pm (CET)
  • 2:40pm – 3:40pm
    Orna HARARI (Tel Aviv University)
    Epistemologizing Aristotle’s Account of the Principles of Demonstration. The Greek Commentary Tradition
  • 3:40pm – 3:50pm
  • 3:50pm – 4:50pm
    Riccardo STROBINO (Tufts University)
    Avicenna on Immediate Principles, between Logic and Metaphysics
  • 4:50pm – 5pm
  • 5pm – 6pm
    Amos CORBINI (Università di Torino)
    Principes de la démonstration et modèle déductif euclidien. Tensions chez Jean Buridan et dans la tradition latine médiévale

for the connexion link, thanks to write to :

* University of Paris, Campus Diderot, Building Condorcet, 10 rue Alice Domon et Léonie Duquet, 75013 Paris. Campus Map.
Plan your itinerary with the Parisian Public Transport
Metro : Line 14 and RER C, stop : Bibliothèque François Mitterrand or line 6, stop : Quai de la gare. Buses : 62 and 89 (stop : Bibliothèque rue Mann), 325 (stop : Watt), 64 (stop : Tolbiac-Bibliothèque François Mitterrand)