AAIWG Reading Groups

 
 

The Aquinas and ‘the Arabs’* International Working Group

(AAIWG)

     Aquinas,                   Alfarabi,             Avicenna,        Averroes,     &    Maimonides


Graduate Student Reading Groups

Summer 2017

Wednesday mornings Milwaukee time 8:30-10:30 am:
 17 & 24 May, 14 June, 12, 19, 26 July.

Pasquale Porro’s Thomas Aquinas. A Historical and 
Philosophical Profile (CUA Press 2015)


A group discussion of Pasquale Porro’s Thomas Aquinas. A Historical and Philosophical Profile (CUA Press 2015). This is an important book and it would be very valuable for you as individuals to know it but also very valuable for you to know it as  group since in your discussions with one another you can then presume knowledge of it on the part of each other. It is biographical and very philosophical. I propose the group read it critically and carefully as well as slowly. Confirmed dates: Wednesday mornings Milwaukee time 8:30-10:30 am: 17 & 24 May, 14 June, 12, 19, 26 July. Six meetings of 2 hrs to cover the 6 chapters.  We will use Skype. And we can be anywhere in the world to join in. At Marquette I will probably reserve Raynor 320a and come to campus for these days and times. (The times are set to accommodate friends and colleagues abroad.) The format proposed is this: two students provide an outline and lead discussion of each chapter.

This book is available to Marquette University faculty and students in an electronic version via the library catalogue Marqcat.

Marquette Campus Location:
17 May 2017: Marquette Hall 102
All other meetings will be in Raynor Library 320a.

Plan to connect on Skype at 8:15 am Milwaukee time.

Six chapters, one per meeting, each led by two grad students.

Ch. 1: 17 May:  Tracy Wietecha and Jacob Andrews

Ch. 2: 24 May: Traci Phillipson and Evan Williams

Ch. 3: 14 June: Celia Byrne and Nathaniel Taylor

Ch. 4: 12 July: Mark Schulz and Traci Phillipson

Ch. 5: 19 July: ? and ?

Ch. 6: 26 July: ? and ?


Faculty Participants:
Prof. Sarah Pessin (Denver)
Dr. Nicola Polloni (Durham, UK)
Prof. Richard Taylor (Milwaukee)
Prof. Mark Johnson (Milwaukee)
Prof. Josep Puig Montada (Madrid & Milwaukee)

Grad Students:
Tracy Wietecha (Munich)
Jacob Andrews (Chicago)
Traci Phillipson (New York)
Celia Byrne (Toronto)
Evan Williams (Houston)
Armagan Atar (Ankara)
Brett Yardley (Milwaukee)
Mark Schulz (Milwaukee)
Nathaniel Taylor (Milwaukee)
Nicholas Oschman (Nashville)


Spring 2017
See 
The Penetration of Arabic Philosophy into the Latin Philosophical Tradition (1162-1215)

Dr. Nicola Polloni, Durham University

https://academic.mu.edu/taylorr/AAIWG_Seminar_Series/Nicola_Polloni_Spring_2017.html

Fall 2016

Reading and Discussion Group on
Etienne Gilson, Being and Some Philosophers
in 6 Meetings once every two weeks in
Fall 2016 starting 6 September 2016
Location: Raynor Library 320a

Sponsored by the Aquinas and ‘the Arabs’ International Working Group 

For online information on Prof. Gilson, see the following websites: 
http://www.adler-aquinasinstitute.org/etienne-gilson-society/biography-of-etienne-gilsons-intellectual-life/

Group Meetings
3:30-5:00 pm US Central Time
Marquette Campus Location: Raynor Library 320a

*NOTE*
Guidelines for Skype Attendees
You must make a Skype connection as a contact with Prof. Taylor well before the seminar. Before 2 pm 6 September you must send him a contact request at his Skype address: misterteaatmac
 The Skype connection on the day of the Seminar will be made with Skype attendees 10 min. before the Seminar. Once the seminar begins, no late connections can be accepted since this will disrupt the Seminar.
 PLEASE SILENCE YOUR MICROPHONE UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED UPON TO SPEAK.
 Asking Questions or Sharing Comments: Skype attendees who wish to ask questions of the leader or to make comments must email Prof. Taylor at Richard.Taylor@Marquette.edu to be called on.
 LIMITATION ON VIDEO: Note that not all participants will be visible in the video connection if we have a large number of attendees. However, when anyone is called on and speaks, the video will become visible.
 

#1: 6 September 2016: Introductory remarks by Richard Taylor
Sarah Pessin, University of Denver is discussion leader for Chapter 1 “Being and the One”

Note time change due to travel issues.
#2: 27 September 2016: Introductory remarks by Richard Taylor
Siobahan Nash-Marshall, Manhattanville College is discussion learner for Chapter 2: “Being and Substance”

Note date change.
#3: 11 October 2016:  Introductory remarks by Richard Taylor
Leader: R. E. Houser, University of St Thomas (Houston) Chapter 3: “Essence and Existence”

Note date change.
#4: 1 November 2016: Introductory remarks by Richard Taylor
Leader: R.Taylor Chapter 4: “Existence versus Being”

#5: 15 November 2016: Introductory remarks by Richard Taylor
Leader: Siobhan Nash-Marshall Chapter 5: “Being and Existence” 

#6: 29 November 2016: Introductory remarks by Richard Taylor
Andrea Robiglio, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, is discussion leader for Chapter 6 “Knowledge and Existence”

Marquette Campus location: 
Raynor Library 320a

(All times indicated are for Milwaukee.)

Attendees:

Prof. Siobhan Nash-Marshall, Manhattanville College
Prof. Sarah Pessin, University of Denver
Prof. Andrea Robiglio, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Prof. R. E. Houser, University of St Thomas (Houston)
Prof. Richard C. Taylor, Marquette University
Prof. Francisco Romero Cassacarillo
Rev. Prof. Anthony Roberts, Southeastern University

Jacob Andrews, Loyola University Chicago
Emine Tasci Yildirim, Yalova Faculty of Islamic Philosophy, Turkey
Nariman Aavani, Harvard University
Nicholas Oschman, Marquette University
Brett Yardley, Marquette University
Vladimir Lasica, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey, & University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany
Casey Flynn, Denver
Ela Tokay
Stephanie Pambakian
Francisco Romero Carrasquillo
Allia Tamzali

more forthcoming

Al-Ghazali

Summer 2016 International Seminar

Al-Ghazali, Tahafut al-falasifa  / 
The Incoherence of the Philosophers
Summer Seminar, Philosophy Department, Marquette University & Marmara University, Ilahyat
with other friends from the US and Turkey

Seminar Procedures: 

(1a) Starting on 1 June 2016 Nathaniel Taylor, a graduate student at Marquette, will prepare and send at least 1-2 days before the seminar a one-page list of key questions or key arguments and ideas based on al-Ghazali, Tahaful al-falasifa, Arabic text and English translation by Michael E. Marmura.  This student will lead the discussion on 1 June.
Let's all use this text of the Arabic and English so we are can better discuss the content.

(1b) On 8 June a student from Marmara Ilahiyat prepare and send at least 1-2 days before the seminar a one-page list of key questions or key arguments and ideas based on al-Ghazali, Tahaful al-falasifa.  This student will lead the discussion on 8 June.
We will continue this way alternating between Marquette and Marmara Ilahiyat each week.

(2) Starting with 1 June we ask that each participant submit one question on the readings for each seminar. Please send this question 2 days in advance of the seminar.

(3) We may be joined by students at the Divinity School (Ilahiyat School) of Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi, Isparta, Turkey, or other students in the US or Turkey.

 (4) Please note the change of time for meetings that takes place on Tuesday 5 July. More information on this will be provided later.


Cheers, Brett Yardley & Richard Taylor

Among the participants are the following: 

Participants present for seminars at Marquette & elsewhere:
Brett Yardley
Nathaniel Taylor
Mark Schulz
Nick Oschman 
Emine Tasci Yildirim
and possibly 
Jacob Andrews, Loyola University of Chicago

Participants at Marmara Ilahiyat & Ankara:
Hatice Umut
Hatice Copel
Hacer Kor 
Kutlu Okan 
Saime Boyaci
Vladimir Lasica
Selime Çınar 
Aliye Güler
Armagan Atar (Ankara)
Ayşenur Erken (Ankara)


Please note: Skype will permit only about 8 separate connections before having difficulties. It is best when possible to gather people together in a single place with a single connection.

Reading Schedule for Incoherence of the Philosophers

5/25 - 1st Discussion: Refuting the doctrine of the world's pre-eternity. (1st proof) (17 pages). Leader Brett Yardley, Marquette

6/1 - 1st Discussion: Refuting the doctrine of the world's pre-eternity. (2nd-4th proof) (16 pages) Leader Nathaniel Taylor, Marquette

6/8 - 2nd Discussion: Refuting the doctrine of the world's post-eternity. (9 pages) & 4th The inability of philosophers to prove the existence of the Creator. (6 pages) Leader Selime Çınar, Marmara Ilahiyat

6/15 – 3rd Discussion: Showing their equivocation of the following two statements: God is the creator of the world vs. the world is God's creation. (23 pages) Leader Mark Schulz, Marquette.

6/22 – 17th Refuting their doctrine that disruption of causality is impossible. (11 pages)

7/6-7/8 FYI - Philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions 9th Annual Summer Conference 2016 on Al-Ghazali at Marquette University.
NO SEMINAR MEETING

TIME CHANGED: Now 8-9:30 Milwaukee / 16h00-17h30 Istanbul
7/13– We will be resuming our al-Ghazali Tahafut reading group this Wednesday July 13 at 8:00am Milwaukee time (16:00 Ankara time).
We will be covering three short discussions (5 & 6 will not be covered as a group):
7th Refutation of their statement: "the essence of the First is not divisible into genus and species" (7 pages)
8th Refutation of their statement: "the First is simple existent without quiddity".(4 pages)
9th Their inability to demonstrate that the First is not a body. (4 pages)

7/20 – 10th Discussing their materialist doctrine necessitates a denial of the maker. (3 pages) & 11th Their inability to show that the First knows others.  (6 pages) & 12th Their inability to show that the First knows Himself (3 pages)

7/27 - 13th Refuting that the First does not know the Particulars.(10 pages) & 14th Refuting their doctrine that states: "the heavens are an animal that moves on its own volition". (5 pages) & 15th Refuting what they say regarding the reason that the heavens move.(4 pages)

8/3 - 18th Refuting their statement that the human soul is a self-sustaining substance that is neither a body nor an accident. (17 pages)

8/10 - 16th Refuting their doctrine that the heavens are souls that know the particulars.(8 pages) & 19th Refuting their assertion of the impossibility of the annihilation of the human soul.(7 pages)

8/17 – 20th  Refuting their denial of bodily resurrection and the accompanying pleasures of Paradise or the pains of Hellfire.(18 pages)



Contact information:
Richard.Taylor@Marquette.edu

https://academic.mu.edu/taylorr/AAIWG_Seminar_Series/Nicola_Polloni_Spring_2017.htmlhttps://academic.mu.edu/taylorr/AAIWG_Seminar_Series/Nicola_Polloni_Spring_2017.htmlhttps://academic.mu.edu/taylorr/AAIWG_Seminar_Series/Nicola_Polloni_Spring_2017.htmlhttp://www.adler-aquinasinstitute.org/etienne-gilson-society/biography-of-etienne-gilsons-intellectual-life/http://www.adler-aquinasinstitute.org/etienne-gilson-society/biography-of-etienne-gilsons-intellectual-life/mailto:Richard.Taylor@Marquette.edumailto:Richard.Taylor@Marquette.edushapeimage_2_link_0shapeimage_2_link_1shapeimage_2_link_2shapeimage_2_link_3shapeimage_2_link_4shapeimage_2_link_5shapeimage_2_link_6