In an effort to conceptualize the history of human reasoning globally, we are forming a reading group that will meet five times for about 90-120 minutes in fall 2024. We’ll begin by reading select historical overviews of Arabic logic and logic in European languages, with a focus on the reception and interpretation of Aristotle in the work of Ibn Sina (Avicenna). We will then turn our comparative lens toward two shared logical puzzles–the Liar’s Paradox (al-jadhr al-aṣamm) and the Utterly Unknown (al-majhūl al-muṭlaq). We hope to conclude by reflecting on best methodologies for comparative history of philosophy. Depending on the expertise of participants in the reading group, we would welcome the opportunity to think comparatively not only between Arabic and European languages but also between Arabic and other languages in which logic has been the subject of disciplined study.

The group will meet Thursdays at noon weeks 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9. (Sept 19, Oct 3, Oct 17, Oct 31, and Nov 14.


Facilitators:

Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Professor of Religion
Hope Sample, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Registration

Comparative History of Logic between Arabic and European Languages Registration

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.