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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
PROGRAM (provisional)
Date Organisation
December 10
Silvia Di Donato Prophecy and Revelation in Arab-Islamic and Jewish Philosophical Traditions
February 18
Cristina Cerami, Joël Chandelier Philosophy & Medicine in Classical Islam
April 15
Véronique Decaix New research on intentionality in the Middle Ages (1)
May 6 Miriam Rogasch, Lucie Tardy The term ’ma’nâ’ (intention) in the Arabic tradition - between kalâm, falsafa and grammar
May 20 Gad Freudenthal, Raimund Leicht Reading seminar on De radiis
June Vincenzo De Risi Reception of Anal. II Arabic and Latin.
Axiomatic and unprovable
September 29
Univ. Paris 1
Véronique Decaix New research on intentionality in the Middle Ages (2)
The details of the sessions (in French, mostly) will be displayed on this page during the year

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

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
  • 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
  • 5:15pm–5:30pm

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?

jeudi 6 mai 2021

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


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

The term ma’nâ is not only ubiquitous in kalâm, grammar and falsafa, it is also of central importance in all of these contexts. However, its use has so far only been partially explored and its history is yet to be written. A fundamental difficulty that any researcher working on ma’nâ is confronted with is this plurality of traditions, discourses, sources and philosophical contexts (semantic, ontological, noetic, psychological, logical).

For the moment, we have a very limited amount of research that has shed light on the meaning of the concept of ma’nâ in such and such a very specific context. The purpose of this study day will be to contribute to the history and conceptual mapping of this concept. By bringing together specialists in the different fields in which the ma’nâ plays a central role, we hope to vary the approaches, invite the study of the concept within the framework of specific corpora, but also to make explicit connections between the different traditions. . It will obviously not be possible to make a general history of this term in a day of study, the goal will nevertheless be to do justice to the presence of the ma’nâ in the various speeches: to understand the meaning and the history of the ma ’nâ, it is essential to take them all into account!

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