Steven Harvey


Bar-Ilan University
Ramat-Gan 52900

Degree: Ph.D.
Position: Professor, Department of Philosophy

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Current Projects on Averroes

  • The Nature of Averroes’ Middle Commentary on the Ethica Nicomachea.
  • Hebrew Edition of Averroes' Middle Commentary on the Physica.

Recent and Upcoming Lectures

  • 13 March 2012, The Influence of the Ethics and Averroes’ Commentary on the Ethics on Medieval Jewish Thought. Workshop, Éthique, politique, rhétorique depuis la période hellenistique jusqu'à à la falsafa et période byzantine, CNRS, Paris.
  • 25-28 October 2011, Unfounded Assumptions: Reassessing the Differences between the Short and Middle Commentaries and their Chronology. From Cordoba to Cologne: Transformation and Translation, Transmission and Edition of Averroes's Works, DARE, Cologne.
  • 3-5 December 2010, Averroes’ Middle Commentary on Book I of the Nicomachean Ethics. Science and Philosophy in Classical Islamic Civilization, SIHSPAI, London.

Publications on Averroes

  • “Are the Medieval Hebrew Translations of Averroes’ Commentaries on Aristotle Still of Value and Worth Editing?” In The Letter before the Spirit: The Importance of Text Editions for the Study of the Reception of Aristotle. Ed. by Aafke M. I. van Oppenraay with Resianne Fontaine. Leiden: Brill, 2012, 195-210.
  • “Reflections on Ruth Glasner’s Averroes' Physics”. Aleph 12 (2012), 403-412.
  • “Alfarabi, Averroes, and the Medieval Islamic Understanding of Phrónesis.” In Phronesis: Die Tugend der Geisteswissenschaften? Beiträge zur rationalen Methode in den Geisteswissenschaften. Ed. by Gyburg Uhlmann. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2012.
  • “Similarities and Differences among Averroes’ Three Commentaries on Aristotle’s Physics.” In La lumière de l’intellect. La pensée scientifique et philosophique d’Averroès dans son temps. Actes du IVe colloque international de la SIHSPAI, Cordoue, 9-12 décembre 1998. Ed. by Ahmad Hasnawi and with a Foreword by Roshdi Rashed. Leuven: Peeters, 2011, 81-97.
  • “Jewish Philosophy on the Eve of the Age of Averroism: Ibn Daud’s Necessary Existent and His Use of Avicennian Science” [with Resianne Fontaine]. In The Age of Averroes: Arabic Philosophy in the Sixth/Twelfth Century. Ed. by Peter Adamson. London: Warburg Institute, 2011, 215-227.
  • “When Did Jews Begin to Consider Averroes the Commentator?” In Florilegium mediaevale. Ed. by José Meirinhos and Olga Weijers. Louvain-la-Neuve: Fédération Internationale des Instituts d’Études Médievales, 2009, 279-296.
  • “The Nature and Importance of Averroes’ Middle Commentary on the Ethics and the Extent of Its Influence on Medieval Jewish Thought.” In Averroes et les averroïsmes juif et latin. Ed. By J.-B. Brenet. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2007, 257-273.
  • “The Greek Library of the Medieval Jewish Philosophers.” In The Libraries of the Neoplatonists. Ed. by Cristina D’Ancona. Leiden: Brill, 2007, 493-506.
  • “The Place of the De anima in the Orderly Study of Philosophy.” In Intellect et imagination dans la Philosophie Médiévale. Ed. María Cândida Pacheco and José F. Meirinhos. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2006, vol. 1, 677-688.
  • “The Impact of Philoponus’ Commentary on the Physics on Averroes’ Three Commentaries on the Physics.” In Philosophy, Science and Exegesis in Greek, Arabic and Latin Commentaries. Ed. by Peter Adamson, Han Baltussen and M.W.F. Stone. London: Insititute of Classical Studies, 2004, 89-105.
  • “Arabic into Hebrew: the Hebrew Translation Movement and the Influence of Averroes upon Medieval Jewish Thought.” In The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Jewish Philosophy. Daniel H. Frank and Oliver Leaman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003, 258-280.
  • “Shem-Tov ibn Falaquera’s De‛ot ha-Filosofim: It’s Sources and Use of Sources.” In The Medieval Hebrew Encyclopedias of Science and Philosophy. Ed. by Steven Harvey. Dordrecht, London : Springer, 2011, 211-237.
  • “On the Nature and Extent of Jewish Averroism: Renan’s Averroès et l’averroïsme Revisited.” In Jewish Studies Quarterly 7 (2000), 100-119.
  • “Conspicuous by His Absence: Averroes’ Place Today as an Interpreter of Aristotle.” In Averroes and the Aristotelian Tradition. Ed. by Gerhard Endress and Jan A. Aertsen. Leiden: Brill, 1999, 32-49.
  • “Foreword” to Averroes' Middle Commentary on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics in the Hebrew Version of Samuel ben Judah. Ed. by L. V. Berman. Jerusalem: Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 1999, vii-xiii.
  • “The Quiddity of Philosophy according to Averroes and Falaquera, A Muslim Philosopher and his Jewish Interpreter.” In Miscellanea Mediaevalia 26 (1998), 904-913.
  • “Averroes’ Use of Examples in His Middle Commentary on the Prior Analytics, and Some Remarks on His Role as Commentator.” In Arabic Sciences and Philosophy 7 (1997), 91-113.
  • “Did Gersonides Believe in the Absolute Generation of Prime Matter?” [Hebrew]. In Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought 7 (1988), 307-318.
  • “A 14th Century Kabbalist's Excerpt from the Lost Arabic Original of Averroes’ Middle Commentary on the Physics.” In Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam 6 (1985), 219-227.
  • “The Hebrew Translation of Averroes' Prooemium to his Long Commentary on Aristotle's Physics.” In Proceedings of the American Academy for Jewish Research 52 (1985), 55-84.
  • “A Unique Averroes MS in the British Museum.” In Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 45 (1982), 571-574.
Book Reviews
  • Averroes (Ibn Rushd of Cordoba), Long Commentary on the De anima of Aristotle. New Haven 2009. Journal of the American Oriental Society 131 (2011), 491-494,
  • Averroes, Middle Commentary on Topics (Cairo 1979), Middle Commentary on Categories (Cairo 1980), Middle Commentary on De Interpretatione (Cairo 1981). The Review of Metaphysics 38 (1984), 376-380.
  • Charles Butterworth, Averroes' Three Short Commentaries on Aristotle's Topics, Rhetoric, and Poetics. Albany 1977. The Review of Metaphysics 33 (1980), 616-618.