In his lecture and accompanying text, philosopher Ali Benmakhlouf elaborates on Andalusian philosophy and the thoughts of Averroës.
In his lecture Philosophy in Andalusia from the 11th to the 14th centuries Ali Benmakhlouf focuses on the most widespread models of knowledge among Andalusian philosophers and their relationship to religious thought. In his text which accompanies the lecture, Averroes, a witness to truth (1126-1198), he demonstrates the rigour of Averroes' thought and action and his influence on philosophical thought in the Muslim and Latin worlds.
The lecture and text is available as from June 29 on the websites of Crosstalks and Moussem. The lecture of Ali Benmakhlouf is in French, but subtitled in Dutch and English. The text is available in French, Dutch and English.
Part of Critical Thinking within Islam, a series of talks presented by VUB Crosstalks and Moussem. Contrary to common perception, Islam has been nurtured and questioned throughout history by philosophers and dissidents, and to this day lives a fascinating culture of debate that is at odds with the delusion of a 'pure', unchanging religion. The series features a range of great thinkers whose lectures and essays offer remarkable insights into a rich philosophical and intellectual tradition.
Ali Benmakhlouf is professor at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Paris East Val de Marne and a Senior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France. The guiding thread of his research is logic, history and the philosophy of logic. After focusing his attention on G. Frege (1848-1925) and on Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), two logicians to whom he devoted many works, he set out to explore the history of medieval Arab logic, rich in commentaries on Aristotle's Organon. In this capacity he undertook the translation of the works on logic of Al-Farabi (10th century) and Averroes (12th century), to whom he also devoted monographic studies. As a UNESCO expert for philosophical dialogue between the Arab world and the Asian world (2004-2011), he participated in numerous training sessions in Asian countries (South Korea, Thailand, Japan) and in Arab countries (Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt). He is currently involved in the debates on bioethics after being a member of France’s National Consultative Committee on Ethics and of the Committee for Ethics and Professional Conduct of the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development. He is a member of the French Society of Philosophy, of the International Institute of Philosophy, of the Society for the History of Pharmacy and a permanent member of the National Academy of Pharmacy.
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