|Description||"Alfarabi in Thirty Words: An Introduction to his Philosophy of Plato and Aristotle"
Topic information: Abu Nasr Alfarabi (d. 950) founded the main tradition of philosophy in the Islamic world. Regarded by his Muslim and Jewish successors such as Avicenna, Averroes and Maimonides as the "Second Teacher" or greatest philosophical figure following the death of Aristotle, Alfarabi was understood to have been the leading authority in two fields of study, namely, logic and political science. He claimed to have recovered a tradition of Greek philosophy that was on the verge of extinction after centuries of Middle- and Neo-Platonism, and is largely responsible for the contemporary view that regards Plato as a political philosopher and not a theologian. The lecture will attempt to understand this claim through a consideration of Alfarabi's tripartite Philosophy of Plato and Aristotle and in particular the thirty words that comprise the complete Arabic titles of its three parts.
Bio: David DiPasquale is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and in the Islamic Civilization and Societies Program at Boston College, where he teaches courses on Islamic political thought, the history of the Muslim world, medieval Jewish and Christian political philosophy, and on the current debates concerning the relationship between Islam and the Western liberal tradition. Professor DiPasquale received his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, where he studied Arabic language and literature, Islamic law, and the tradition of Western political philosophy.
This talk is open to all levels of students and faculty. |