Summer 2020 London AAIWG International Meeting



                   Aquinas,               Alfarabi,                       Avicenna,         Averroes,              Maimonides  &    Albertus


The Aquinas and “the Arabs” International Working Group (AAIWG)

Spring / Summer 2020 International Meeting

“Philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions:

Structures of Being, World and Mind”

hosted by the Institute of Ismaili Studies,

London, UK 11-13 June 2020

Additional Photos of the IIS

About the IIS

This event is made possible thanks to the support of the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, the DeWulf-Mansion Centre of the Institute of Philosophy at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City, and the Department of Philosophy at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

The Institute of Ismaili Studies, Aga Khan Centre

10 Handyside St., Kings Cross, London, UK

Call For Panels

We invite proposals for 7 panels by AAIWG members in accordance with the following guidelines: Each 120 min. panel consists of 3 speakers and 1 commentator. The presentations must be 20 mins long and the commentary must be 15 mins long to leave sufficient time for discussion. Panel proposals are to be submitted and organized by a spokesperson of the panel.

Complete panel proposals include:

  1. (1)One panel abstract of max. 200 words describing the overall coherence and theme of the panel

  2. (2)Three paper abstracts of max. 150 words each describing the content of each paper

  3. (3)Names and affiliations of all speakers

(4) For all graduate students: CV, dissertation abstract, and letter of supervisor.


Submission Deadline for all AAIWG members:      

15 December 2019

Program Announcement:                                          

30 December 2019


Panel proposals should be sent to the organizing committee at and For more information, please, visit the AAIWG website:

Suggestions concerning accommodation will be made available to speakers upon request after the program announcement.

In accord with usual AAIWG events, presenters and commentators should plan on covering their own costs for travel, housing, and some meals. Additional information on luncheons and a conference dinner for program participants is forthcoming.

Organized by

Janis Esots, Katja Krause, Luis X. López-Farjeat, and Richard C. Taylor.


Possible  (unconfirmed) Draft Proposal

Session title: “Arabic Sources for the Metaphysics of Being in Aquinas”

  1. 1)Richard Taylor, Marquette University & KULeuven, “The Liber de causis in the Metaphysics of Being in Aquinas”

  2. 2)David Twetten, Marquette University, “The Essence-Existence Distinction behind Aquinas: Avicenna as Turning Point”

  3. 3)Damien Janos, Université de Montréal, “Title forthcoming”

  4. 4)Daniel DeHaan, University of Oxford, Commentary

To complete this submission, we will need a completed title for 3) and abstracts of ca. 150 words from Taylor, Twetten & Janos as well as an abstract of 200 words for the entire session. The presenters must provide their full papers at least one month in advance to each other and DeHann. The presenters will have no more than 20 min. to present a précis of their full papers at the conference. DeHaan will have 15-20 min. to comment. The remaining time will be open for discussion with the audience.

Submissions for panels should follow this pattern but with all titles and abstracts fully provided by the submission deadline of 15 December 2019.

Tentative Program Structural Outline

11 June 2020

8:30 – 9:00 Morning Coffee & Registration

9:00 – 9:30 Formal Welcome

9:30 – 12:00 Special IIS Panel 1: Cristina D’Ancona, Carmela Baffioni, Daniel De Smet invited by the IIS and chaired by Dr. Daftary

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:30 Panel 2 (2/3 speakers, 1 commentator)

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 – 18:00 Panel 3 (2/3 speakers, 1 commentator)



12 June 2020

9:00 – 9:30 Morning Coffee

9:30 – 12:00 Panel 3 (2/3 speakers, 1 commentator)

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:30 Panel 5 (2/3 speakers, 1 commentator)

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 – 18:00 Panel 6 (2/3 speakers, 1 commentator)

19:00 Conference Dinner

13 June 2020

9:00 – 11:00 Panel 7 (2/3 speakers, 1 commentator)

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee Break

12:00 – 14:00 Panel 8 (2/3 speakers, 1 commentator)

14:00 Farewell

Panel Paper Abstracts (forthcoming)