Prof. Richard C. Taylor


Department of Philosophy

Marquette University, P.O. Box 1881

Milwaukee WI 53201 (414)288-6857

"Truth does not contradict truth but rather is consistent with it and bears witness to it." Ibn Rushd / Averroes following Aristotle.

Contact information:



Dept. of Philosophy,

Marquette University

P.O. Box 1881

Milwaukee, WI 53005

For some articles in PDF, click HERE.

Aquinas and the Arabs International Working Group:

International Research Projects / Collaborations:

· Aquinas and ‘the Arabs’ Project, Project Director. See  An international project in cooperation and collaboration with colleagues in Europe, North America, North Africa and the Middle East and with the Commissio Leonina in Paris. (The Commissio Leonina is responsible for the critical editions of the works of Thomas Aquinas.) (in progress).

· “The Christian West and Islamic East: Theology, Science, and Knowledge,” a Templeton funded project by Jon McGinnis and William Dunnaway at the University of Missouri at St Louis. August 2020 - May 2021 occasional contributor. Full time June & July 2021.

· “Noétique et théorie de la connaissance dans la philosophie arabe des IXe –XVIIe siècles” sponsored by the Centre Nationale de Recherches Scientifiques, France, directed by Meryem Sebti and Daniel de Smet (in progress)

· Proclus Arabus. Collaborative work with Cristina d’Ancona (Pisa, Italy) and Gerhard Endress (Bochum, Germany) in preparing critical editions and French and English translations of the extant Arabic translations of the works of Proclus, including the Liber de causis / Kalâm fî mahd al-khair. Currently working on the critical edition of the Arabic text of the Liber de causis / Kalâm fî mahd al-khair.

· Thomistica bibliography, Dr. Enrique Alarcón, ed., assistant editor, 2006 - 2010.

Work in Progress


· Thomas Aquinas and the Arabic Philosophical Tradition

· Critical edition of the Arabic Liber de causis / Kalām fī maḥḍ al-khair with Cristina D’Ancona

· Medieval Science between Emergence and Inheritance: Albert the Great and his Arabic Sources. Collection of articles by various scholars on Albertus Magnus and the Arabic Tradition, co-editor with Katja Krause, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin.

Papers & chapters in progress:

· “The One, the Face of the Infinite and the Soul” for the Journal of the British Academy. Invited

opening plenary lecture at “Faces of the Infinite: Neoplatonism and Poetics at the Confluence of Africa, Asia and Europe,” London 9-11 November 2017. (forthcoming)

· “The Metaphysical Cosmology of the Kalām fī maḥḍ al-khair / Liber de causis,” proceedings from “Il De Caelo di Aristotele. Esegesi greche, arabe e latine” Università di Pisa, 16-18 April 2018, to be published by Pisa University Press.

· “Ibn Rushd of Cordoba and Siger of Brabant on Intellect” (conference draft)

· “Understanding and the Intellect,” Blackwell History of Philosophy in the Middle Ages (commissioned, submitted, awaiting publication)

· “Book of Causes,” “Ibn Rushd's Philosophy of Religion,” “Ibn Rushd's Psychology,” “Arabic and Islamic

Psychology and Philosophy of Mind”for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (commissioned)

· “‘First Averroism’ and ‘Second Averroism’: An Analysis” (conference draft)

· “The Metaphysics of Creation in Avicenna, Averroes and Aquinas” (conference draft)

· “Methodological Missteps in Medieval Philosophy: Albert the Great and The Problem of First and Second Averroism” for a collection of papers on Albertus Magnus and the Arabic Tradition.

Recent & Forthcoming Publications

·  “Causality in the Discourse on the Pure Good, the Arabic Liber de causis,” forthcoming Paris.

·  “Contextualizing the Kalām fī maḥḍ al-khair / Liber de causis,” forthcoming in D. Calma (ed.), Reading Proclus and the Book of Causes (5th-16th Centuries), vol. 2: Translations and Acculturations, Brill, 2020.

·  “Maimonides and Aquinas on Divine Attributes: The Importance of Avicenna” in The Guide of the Perplexed in Translation: A History of the Translations of Maimonides’ Guide and Their Impact, from the Thirteenth Century to the Twentieth (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019) pp. 333-363.

·  “Avicenna and the Issue of the Intellectual Abstraction of Intelligibles,” in Vol. 2 Philosophy of Mind in the Early and High Middle Ages, ed. Margaret Cameron, in The History of the Philosophy of Mind, ed. R. Copenhaver and Ch. Shields, (Abingdon, Oxon; New York: 2019) vol. 2 pp. 56-82.

·  “Averroes on the Attainment of Knowledge,” in Knowledge in Medieval Philosophy, ed. Henrik Lagerlund in The Philosophy of Knowledge: A History, ed. Stephen Hetherington, (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019) vol. 2, pp. 59-79.

·  “Remarks on the Importance of Albert the Great’s Analyses and Use of the Thought of Avicenna and Averroes in the De homine for the Development of the Early Natural Epistemology of Thomas Aquinas” in Die Seele im Mittelalter. Von der Substanz zum funktionalen System, Guenther Mensching and Alia Mensching-Estakhr, eds., ed. (Würzburg: Koenigshausen & Neumann, 2018) pp.131-158. (Contradictio. Studien zur Philosophie und ihrer Geschichte, vol. 16, ed. Günther Mensching et al.).

· “Averroes and the Philosophical Account of Prophecy,” in Studia Graeco-Arabica 8 (2018) 287-304.

·  “Abstraction and Intellection in Averroes and the Arabic Tradition: Remarks on Averroes, Long Commentary on the De Anima Book 3, Comment 36,” J.-B. Brenet-L. Cesalli (éd.), Sujet libre. Pour Alain de Libera, Paris, Vrin, (2018), pp. 321-325. (peer reviewed)

·   “The Epistemology of Abstraction,” Routledge Companion to Islamic Philosophy, Richard C. Taylor & Luis X. López-Farjeat, eds. (London & New York: Routledge , (2016), pp. 273-284.

· “Primary and Secondary Causality,” Routledge Companion to Islamic Philosophy, Richard C. Taylor & Luis X. López-FarjeAt, eds. (London & New York: Routledge, (2016), pp. 225-235.

· “The Conditions for the Golden Age of Islamic Philosophy,” (in Turkish) Sabah Ülkes (Kerpen, Germany) issue 45 (2015) 10-13.

· “Providence in Averroes,” in Fate, Providence and Moral Responsibility in Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Thought. Collected Studies in Honour of Carlos Steel, ed. by Pieter d’Hoine and Gerd Van Riel (Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, De Wulf – Mansion Centre, Series I), (Leuven: KUL University Press, 2014) 454-472. (peer reviewed)