University of Denver and Marquette University


Seventh Annual Summer Conference 2014 at

Marquette University

11-13 June 2014


For information on projected Workshops 2015-2027, click HERE.


Call for Workshop Papers

Philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions

International Live Video Workshop on


11-13 June 2014

Presented by the Departments of Philosophy at

the University of Denver and Marquette University


the University of Denver’s Center for Judaic Studies

with funding assistance from the office of the

Dean of Marquette University’s Klingler College of Arts and Sciences


Prof. Sarah Pessin, University of Denver


Prof. Richard C. Taylor, Marquette University

First held at Marquette University in 2008, this Summer Conference alternates between the University of Denver and Marquette University.

In summer 2014 the conference will be at Marquette University.

Conference Proposal Submission Guidelines

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 28 April 2014

(Accepted on a rolling basis.)

Announcement of program: 1 May 2014

Proposals: send an abstract of no more than 150 words together with a current CV to

While preference will be given to proposals to present in person in Milwaukee, some proposals for online presentations from elsewhere will be considered.

The number of online participants will be limited by software capabilities.

Submitted papers for afternoon sessions will not be video recorded.

Afternoon Sessions

Up to nine (9) papers may be accepted for afternoon presentations.

Paper submissions should have some relevance to the workshop theme focused on al-Farabi, his sources, and/or his influence(s).

Each session will consist of 60 min. total for presentation and discussion.

Like the morning workshops, these presentations will be webcast live.

As indicated, we are willing to consider proposals for presentation via the web but only under certain precise technical parameters. Those interested in doing virtual presentations should contact Prof. Taylor for the requirements.

Conference Fee & Refreshments

Fee: $50 per person (after 1 May, $60 per person) attending physically,

live online internet attendance is free.

Refreshments: coffee, water, soda, cookies for each session.

Other refreshments are available from vending machines and the Marquette University Brew Bayou Coffee Shop. Meals, snacks and drinks are available from area stores such as Starbucks, Jimmy John’s, Qdoba, the Brew Bayou Coffee Shop and many others was well as from the Alumni Memorial Union Cafeteria.

(Coffee in an approved closed cup from the Brew Bayou Coffee Shop is

allowed to be taken anywhere in the library.)

Workshop Format

(tentative schedule)

Location: Raynor Memorial Library, third floor, 320(a)

11 June 2014

9:00 am - 12:00 noon: Charles E. Butterworth (Washington)

readings, handouts and more: click HERE.

12:00 - 2:00 pm: lunch

2:00 - 5:30 pm (break 3-3:30) Three contributed papers

2:00-2:55 pm: Mohammed Azadpur, San Francisco State University,

“Alfarabi on Intentionality”

(break 3-3:15)

3:15-4:10 pm: Mustafa Younesie, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran

“Some Speculations on Fārābī’s Reception of Thrax Tekhne Grammatike

(break 4:10-4:25)

4:25-5:30 OPEN

Dinner suggestion: American/German Fox and Hounds Restaurant

12 June 2014

9:00 am - 12:00 noon: Cecilia Martini Bonadeo (Padua)

readings, handouts and more: click HERE.

12:00 - 2:00 pm: lunch

2:00 - 5:30 pm  Three contributed papers:

2:00-2:55 pm: Janis Esots, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, UK, “Al-Fārābī and Ismā’īlī Thought: Tracing Mutual Influences”

(break 3-3:15)

3:15-4:10 pm: Nicholas Oschman, Marquette University,

“From the Agent Intellect: Interpreting the Agent Intellect’s Role in Human Knowledge in al-Fārābī”

(break 4:10-4:25)

4:25-5:30 OPEN

Dinner suggestion: Shahrazad Persian / Arabic Restaurant

13 June 2014

9:00 am - 12:00 noon: Philippe Vallat (Paris)

readings, handouts and more: click HERE.

12:00 - 2:00 pm: lunch

2:00 - 5:30 pm: Three contributed papers or concluding open discussion

Dinner suggestion: Lakeside dining at the Seven Seas Friday Fish and Chicken Buffet


Registration Form

=> ALL ATTENDEES (including the Marquette community) are asked to register.<=







Print the Registration Form above and send to:

Richard Taylor

Philosophy Department

Marquette University

P.O. Box 1880

Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881

*Fee waived for Marquette faculty& staff and for graduate students assisting with conference activities. (Dinner cost extra.)


Conference sessions will take place in the Raynor Library (1355 W. Wisconsin Ave.) [information forthcoming]. For information on the Raynor Library and nearby parking see and the links there.


On campus housing is available at a modest cost.   To reserve a room contact the housing office directly:  Carrie Enea at 414-288-7204 or via email at Cut-off date for room reservations: ca. 25 May 2012. Rooms requested after the cut-off date are subject to availability.

Rooms will be at Straz Tower, 915 W. Wisconsin Ave. or at Mashuda Hall, 1926 W. Wisconsin Ave., each about. a three block walk from the conference location.


Structure 1, located on 749 N. 16th Street, and Structure 2, located at 1240 W. Wells St ., have been designated the university’s visitor parking facilities. For information on the costs of parking ask at the check-in desk at Straz Tower, 915 W. Wisconsin Ave. or at or at Mashuda Hall, 1926 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Daytime visitors’ parking 6 am - 5 pm is $5-6 per day at these structures.

Overnight parking (ca. $6) can be arranged at the check-in desk at Straz Hall.

For parking information, see


Just a few blocks East from Marquette University is the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Milwaukee Downtown, 611 West Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53203. Tel. 1-414-273-2950.

For further information on the hotel, see click HERE.

A few blocks West from Marquette University is the very charming Ambassador Hotel: 2308 W Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53233. Tel.(414) 342-8400

For further information on the hotel, see

(Mention that you are attending a Marquette conference may get you a discount. Be sure to ask.)


For directions to the Marquette Campus, see

For a map of the Marquette University campus, see

For a map of downtown Milwaukee, see

For parking information, see



For a shuttle, see

Downtown Milwaukee: info from

    * Expect a taxi to cost around $30 or a bit more due to fuel costs.

    * Most convenient: Airport Connection shared ride van serves a frequent loop of most downtown hotels. ($15-20)

    * Cheapest: MCTS bus route 80 serves 6th St. downtown, next to the Midwest Airlines Center and nearby hotels. Travel time is 25 minutes, often only a few minutes longer than taxi or van.

Straz Tower is at 9th and Wisconsin Ave.

Mashuda Hall is at 19th and Wisconsin Ave.

Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy link:

Aquinas and the Arabs Project link:



Nicholas Oschman (Milwaukee)

“From the Agent Intellect: Interpreting the Agent Intellect's Role in Human Knowledge in al-Farabi”

Contemporary literature struggles in its attempt to accurately and adequately classify al-Farabi's epistemology into either an emanationist (knowledge is given directly to the human person by the agent intellect) or abstractionist (merely the principles for abstraction are given to the human person) framework. Of course, a central reason for contemporary debate seems to be rooted in the Farabian corpus itself, where certain passages (the discussion of the prophet in al-Madina al-Fadila) seem to espouse an emanationist epistemology, while other passages (Risala fi'l-'aql) clearly endorse an abstractionist epistemology. In this paper, I suggest that it is misleading to determinately classify al-Farabi's epistemology as either emanationist or abstractionist, as, given his cosmology as laid out in al-muqallab bi-Mabādiʼ al-mawjūdāt, al-Farabi's abstractionist epistemology is itself couched within an extension of his broader emanationist cosmology. In short, al-Farabi's epistemology endorses both commitments to emanationism and abstractionism at one and the same time.

Mustafa Younesie (Tehran)

“Some Speculations on Farabi Reception of Thrax Tekhne Grammatike”

The relation of language and logics is one of those subjects which knows no place and time and can be discussed anew with things unsaid before. And in the ancient and medieval understanding and mentality about this relationship Aristotle and those who are inspired by and followed him shape a suitable forum.

With regard to this background and the salient role, position and effects of Dionysus Thrax Tekhne Grammatike (TG) as a classical and traditional guiding hand book in the field of ancient Greek morphology and syntax, about Farabi’s direct or indirect reception of the so-called TG (as it is extant and available for him) in the First and Second Discourses of his Arabic treatise اللافاظ المستعمله في المنطق  Utterances Used in Logic (LMM) some speculations will be made.

As the title of Farabi’s treatise shows his main concern is about the complex and disputed issue of the relation between logic and language / grammar. Accordingly, it is normal and logical that he begins his writing with a discussion about grammar and it is in this broad context that in his mainly two first discourses he considers kinds of meaningful words and their divisions. Therefore the initial titles of TG about Readingup to Syllables” which have no relation with his main concern are unavailable. As a result the main issue is about word and its divisions that in TG cover about eight titles. And it is here that Farabi makes his contribution in the following way.

Farabi considers the parts of speech: Noun, Verb, and Particle. In contrast to Thrax, in about one page he gives a short and rather more descriptions about noun and verb respectively. But when reaches to particles we can see his “partial” reception of TG for according to his words, “Arabic grammarian did not distinguish between different kinds of huruf, and he – Farabi- has

therefore had to borrow names for these different huruf from Greek grammatical scholars …. “(Versteegh, P. 51. Emphasis is added). Accordingly in about six pages he classifies particles in five broad genera with different kinds: Substitutions; Connectives; Mediators; Peripheries (more detailed than the other four); and Conjunctions.

After this primary image, there will be quantitative and content comparison between these two texts in order to see in which points and where Farabi makes his reception. For example, such a logical / conceptual title as “substitutions / الخوالف has the first order in LMM, but in TG under the title of Pronoun / αντονυμια it has fifth. In Farabi text substitutions are divided into two personal and demonstrative kinds in short lines with Arabic examples but Thrax writes longer about pronoun under six brief titles which contains the personal pronouns but there is no mentioning to demonstrative ones.


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