Just War According to Arabic Writing Philosophers

H.A.R. Gibb lecture

with Maroun Aouad, Director of research, Centre nationale de la recherche scientifique, Paris

08-10 November 2011, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Cambridge, MA, Harvard University
Tsai Auditorium
Center for Government & International Studies
South Building
Room 010
1730 Cambridge Street

  • Lecture 1: Al-Fārābī's Doctrine of Just War - video here
  • Lecture 2: Averroes' Doctrine of Just War - video here
  • Lecture 3: Averroes' and Al-Fārābī's Doctrines of Just War vs. their Greek and Muslim Antecedents - video here

Maroun Aouad is the world's leading specialist of the Arabic reception of Aristotle in the work of Ibn Rushd (Averroes). His edition and commentary upon Aristotle's Rhetoric in Ibn Rushd's Middle Commentary have set a new standard for the discussion of the Arabic Aristotle. His numerous contributions to the history of Arabic philosophy have earned him the rank of one of the leading scholars in the field and have led the European Research Council to grant him the oversight of and leading role in the Council's project on "Philosophy in Context: Arabic and Syriac manuscripts in the Mediterranean (PhiC)." Professor Aouad is Research Director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (Paris) and Visiting Professor at the University of Geneva. He has received numerous awards, fellowships and honors including the Delalande-Guerineau Prize given by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres in 2004; in 2008, he was distinguished visiting scholar in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.

Apart from his monumental work on the Middle Commentary of Aristotle (Maroun Aouad, Averroes (Ibn Rushd), Commentaire Moyen à la Rhétorique d'Aristote. Édition critique du texte arabe et traduction française, 3 vol., Union Académique Internationale, Corpus Philosophorum Medii Aevi, Averrois Opera, Series A: Averroes Arabicus, XVII, [coll. "Textes et Traditions," 5, Vrin, Paris, 2002]), he has edited, translated and commented upon the works of many Arab philosophers, published on Islamic Medieval Political Philosophy, on Arabic Christian logicians of the 17th and 18th centuries and collaborated in the Dictionnaire des Philosophies antiques edited by Richard Goulet. Some of the most important reviews on his work are: Joseph Dichy in Argumentation, Vol. 22, November 2, pp. 297-303 (Review in English); J. van Ess in Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft, 158 (2008), 173-74; R. Ramon Guerrero, "Anales del Seminario del Historia de la Folosofia," 21 (2004), 200-201; J. Puig-Montada in "Anales del Seminario de Historia de la Folosofia," 24 (2007), 286-289; Charles E. Butterworth, "Gnomon," 82, 6 (2002), 559-561.

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This event is open to the public; no registration required.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 to Thursday, November 10, 2011