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Seminar of the Centre CHSPAM

Science and Philosophy from Ancient to Modern Age

Coordination : Silvia Di Donato (CNRS, SPHere)

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1996-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009,
2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013,
2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017,
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021,

Joint seminar bringing together researchers from the CHSPAM center, consisting of study days, round tables or symposiums. It provides an opportunity for work and debate on texts, themes, doctrinal and methodological issues relating to medieval Greek-Arabic, Hebrew and Latin philosophical and scientific traditions. It highlights the richness of our fields of research, and how they fit together.

PROGRAM 2023-2024

6th - 8th September 2023

SIHSPAI International symposium (International Society for the History of Arab and Islamic Science and Philosophy)
Ludwig Maximilians Universität – Prof. Huber Platz 2 - Munich
Reason and Nature: Science, Philosophy and Theology in Classical and Post-Classical Islam

[CANCELLED] 25th January 2024
Silvia Di Donato
Jewish thought and the kalām.

29th February 2024 - Room Mondrian 646A Condorcet building Université Paris-Cité 4 rue Elsa Morante Paris 75013.
The seminar is organized in hybrid mode. If you would like to join the seminar online, we invite you to write to Cristina Cerami
Crisitina Cerami and Damien Janos
Avicenna and the kalām II. Atomism and Natural Philosophy


Chair : Marwan Rashed (Sorbonne Université/CNRS-Centre Léon Robin)

  • 9h30-10h30
    Burak Şaman (University İstanbul 29 Mayıs Üniversitesi)
    « The question of the Throne (’Arsh) in the kalām and Avicenna’s epistle on the extent »
  • 10h30-11h30
    István Lánczky (Avicenna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies, Budapest)
    « Avicenna and the Bahshamites on Spatial Extension »
  • Coffee break
  • 11h45-12h45
    Paul Hullmeine (LMU, Munich)
    « The kalām Background of the Debate between al-Bīrūnī and Ibn Sīnā »
  • Lunch break

    Chair : Olga Lucia Lizzini (Université d’Aix-Marseille/CNRS-Iremam)
  • 14h30-15h30
    Ruizhi Ma (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
    « Avicenna and the Kalām on Light and Darkness »
  • 15h30-16h30
    Fouad Mlih (Université de Lorraine)
    « Philosophical dialectic and theological dialectic in Ibn Sīnā’s Kitāb al-Ğadal: a vigorous focus »
  • 16h30-17h00
    Final discussion

21st March 2024 9.30 am to 12.30 pm - Room Mondrian 646A Condorcet building Université Paris-Cité 4 rue Elsa Morante Paris 75013.

Silvia Di Donato
Jewish thought and the kalām.

Kindly contact Silvia Di Donato to obtain Zoom link.

Program :

  • 9.30 am - 10.30 am
    Sarah Stroumsa (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
    How Much Kalām, and Which Kind? Jewish Philosophical Trends in the Early Abbasid Period
  • 10.30 am
    Coffee break
  • 11.00 am - 12.00 pm
    Aviram Ravitzky (Ariel University)
    Muʿtazilite Notions in the Debate Over the Antiquity of the Laws: A Chapter in 10th Century Karaite Thought
  • 12.00 pm - 12.30 pm
    Round table

4th April 2024 - Room 830 (8th floor) Olympe de Gouges building Université Paris Cité 8 Rue Albert Einstein Paris 75013

The methodological challenges of editing translations
Organization : Valérie Cordonier, Lisa Devriesé

Program :

  • 09:40-10:00
    Welcoming participants
  • 10:00-11:00
    Frédérique Woerther
    The Arabic-Latin edition of Aristotle’s Rhetoric (Aristoteles Semitico-Latinus), to be published in 2024: problems and methods
  • 11:00-12:00
    Silvia Di Donato
    Specific difficulties and methodological issues in editing Arabic-Hebrew translations. The case of Ibn Bāğğa’s work
  • 12:15-13:45
  • 14:00-15:00
    Nena Bobovnik
    Making (Sense of) a Critical Edition of the Latin Magna Moralia
  • 15:00-15:30
    Round table (with Gerhard Endress & Carlos Steel)

16th May 2024 9.30 am to 5.30 pm - Room Luc Valentin 454A Scientific knowledge in the Mediterranean
Conference in honor of Pascal Crozet

Organizers : Eleonora Sammarchi et Cristina Cerami


  • 9.30am–10.00am
    Aurélien Robert (Director of SPHERE), Cristina Cerami (Director of CHSPAM), Eleonora Sammarchi (ETHZ-SPHERE)
  • 10.00am–10.30am
    Roshdi Rashed (SPHERE-CNRS)
    in absentia Al-Sijzī, why ? Geometries in the X century

    1. Circulation of scientific knowledge in the Mediterranean
    President : Ahmad Hasnaoui (SPHERE-CNRS)
  • 10.30am–11.15am
    Francisco Javier Martinez (Université de Zaragoza)
    Medical circulation in the Mediterranean: the case of Morocco in the 19th and 20th centuries
    Respondent : Mehrnaz Katouzian-Safadi (SPHERE-CNRS)
  • 11.15am-11.30am
  • 11.30am–12.15pm
    Eleonora Sammarchi (ETHZ-SPHERE) and Nacera Bensaou (USTHB / FI (LRIA), Alger)
    Mathematical circulations in the Mediterranean: the case of arithmetic-algebraic practices in the Middle Ages and the 19th century
    Respondent : Pierre Ageron (Université de Caen)
  • 12.15am–1.00pm
    Zeinab Karimian (Encyclopaedia Islamica Foundation-SPHERE)
    Mathematical circulations in the Mediterranean: the case of Apollonius’ Conics between the Arab and Latin worlds
    Respondent : Pierre Ageron (Université de Caen)
  • 1.00pm–2.30pm

    2. Geometry in the Mediterranean region
    President : Erwan Penchèvre CAPHÉS - UAR 3610 (CNRS-ENS)
  • 2.30pm–3.15pm
    Hossein Masoumi Hamedani (Iranian Institute of Philosophy)
    Geometry for astronomers: a reading of the geometric part of Ibn Sīnā’s al-Najāt
  • 3.15pm-4.00pm
    David Rabouin (SPHERE-CNRS)
    Reflections on the role of motion in Proclus’ geometry
  • 4.00pm–4.15pm
  • 4.15pm–5.30
    Round table : Geometric approaches in Arab and medieval mathematical texts
    Presented by : Bijan Vahabzadeh (CHSPAM, SPHERE), Marc Moyon (XLIM, Université de Limoges), Sabine Rommevaux-Tani (AUSONIUS, Université de Bordeaux-CNRS), Marouane Ben Miled (Université de Tunis El Manar), Sylvie Nony (CHSPAM, SPHERE)

4th to 6th June 2024 - room 628 Olympe de Gouges building (6è étage) Place Paul Ricœur Paris 75013

Principles of Demonstration in Late Antiquity
Organized by : Vincenzo De Risi et Ulysse Chaintreuil

You can follow the session via Zoom, for the link please write to (objet:AX2024)


  • 9:00​
    Welcoming participants
  • 9:30-10:45​
    Orna Harari (Tel Aviv University)
    Epistemologizing Aristotle’s Theory of Demonstration: The Ancient Commentators on the Principles of Demonstration
  • Break
  • 11:00-12:15​
    Maria Fiorella Privitera (Université de Genève)
    Philoponus on the hoti esti. In APo. 1. 1, 2, 10
  • Lunch break
  • 13:45-15:00​
    Alvise Lagnerini (Université de Genève)
    Exploring Aristotelian Induction through the Lens of Alexander of Aphrodisias
  • Break
  • 15:15-16:30​
    Maddalena Bonelli (Università di Bergamo)
    Alexandre d’Aphrodise et les axiomes de la philosophie

13rd - 14th June 2024 Room 127 and room 105 at the 1st floor of Olympe de Gouges building Université Paris Cité 8 Rue Albert 75013

Aurélien Robert and Ana Maria Mora Marquez
Sciences in Context: Challenges to Aristotelian Methods in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

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