The Catholic University of America

Sept. 4, 2055

Lecture Series Studies Philosophy in the Islamic Lands

The School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America presents its 46th annual Fall Lecture Series, which this year will explore the theme “Philosophy in the Islamic Lands.”

The program is among the longest continuously running major philosophy lecture series in the country. The 12 lectures will be delivered by scholars from the United States and abroad, and are free and open to the public.

All the lectures will be held Fridays at 1:30 p.m. in the Aquinas Hall Auditorium located on CUA’s campus at 620 Michigan Ave., N.E. The dates, names of the speakers, and the titles of their lectures follow.

  • Sept. 6, Charles Butterworth, professor emeritus of political philosophy, University of Maryland, “What, then, is a Law-Giver?”
  • Sept. 13, Frank Griffel, professor of Islamic studies, Yale University, “Is Philosophy an Apodeictic or Dialectic Science? Al-Ghaz?l? and the History of Philosophy in Islam (1100-1400)”
  • Sept. 20, Thérèse-Anne Druart, professor of philosophy, Catholic University, “Al-Farabi and the Happy Marriage Between Music and Logic”
  • Sept. 27, Emma Gannagé, associate professor of Arabic and Islamic studies, Georgetown University, “How does the Lover Attract the Beloved? On the Properties of Beings”
  • Oct. 4, Nadja Germann, assistant professor of philosophy, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, “Al-Farabi and the Emergence of Philosophy of Language and Islamic Thought”
  • Oct. 11, Sarah Pessin, associate professor of philosophy, University of Denver, “Piety, Love, and Emanation in Islamic and Jewish Neoplatonism”
  • Oct. 18, Rev. Sidney Griffith, S.T., professor of Semitic and Egyptian languages and literatures, Catholic University, “A Christian Philosopher in Abbasid Baghdad: Yahya ibn ‘Adi on Right Religion and the Cultivation of Virtue”
  • Oct. 25, Jon McGinnis, professor of philosophy, University of Missouri, St. Louis, “To Infinity and Beyond: Infinite Spatial Magnitude in Medieval Islamic Physical Theory”
  • Nov. 8, Deborah Black, professor of philosophy, University of Toronto, “Angelic Intentions: Avicenna on Knowing Separate Substances”
  • Nov. 15, Richard Taylor, professor of philosophy, Marquette University, “Conceiving Creation According to Ibn Rushd/Averroes”
  • Nov. 22, Dimitri Gutas, professor of Arabic and Graeco-Arabic, Yale University, “From Greek to Arabic Philosophy: Curricula, Texts, Translations”
  • Dec. 6, Robert Wisnovsky, James McGill Professor, McGill University, “Avicennism and the kal?m”

The lecture series, offered each year since 1967, is made possible by a grant from the Franklin J. Matchette Foundation and support from the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation and the George Dougherty Foundation. For additional information, contact the Office of the Dean, School of Philosophy, at 202-319-5259, email, or go to To request disability accommodations, contact Alex Crockett at or 202-319-5260 at least a week prior to the event.

MEDIA: For details about covering the lectures, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy Hines in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.



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