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Opening 2016-2017 Academic Year Institute for Philosophy

Thursday 8 September 2016
Reception: from 17:00 in the coffee room of Matthias de Vrieshof 4
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

On Thursday 8th September 2016 the Institute for Philosophy will celebrate the opening of the 2016-2017 Academic Year. All staff members and students of the Institute are cordially invited to attend the opening lecture and the following reception.

Lecture:    16:00-17:00 in LIPSIUS, room 028
Reception: from 17:00 in the coffee room of Matthias de Vrieshof 4

Opening Lecture 'What is Arabic philosophy?'

This year the opening lecture will be delivered by Dr. Ahab Bdaiwi, who has been appointed from 1st August 2016 as Assistant Professor in Medieval Arabic Philosophy at the Leiden Institute for Philosophy.

What is Arabic Philosophy?

What is Arabic Philosophy? The objective of this talk is two-fold: First, it will demonstrate that for much of the twentieth century and perhaps until the present day, most studies on Arabic and Islamic philosophy were predicated on now-outdated research modes inherited from Orientalist readings of Islamic intellectual traditions. Second, it will focus on the two philosophical issues of the distinction between essence and existence and the nature of the necessary being, two of Avicenna's (d. 1037) most innovative contributions to the tradition of philosophy in Islamicate societies, thereby bringing to sharp focus the Greek as well as the Islamic sources in the writings of arguably the greatest philosophical mind in Islam.    


During the reception, the institute's Academic Director Prof. Frans de Haas will present the diploma's to the bachelor's students who successfully completed their first-year programme.

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