Aquinas and the Arabs International Annual Fall Meeting


Location: Oak Room- South Dining Hall

Therese Aquinas Arabs Conference


Friday, August 25th:

9:00am: Welcome (Therese Scarpelli Cory, University of Notre Dame) and introduction to the Aquinas and the Arabs Project (Richard Taylor, Marquette University)

9:20am-10:10am: “Avicenna’s Emanationist Abstraction” (Stephen Ogden, The Catholic University of America)

10:10am-11:00am: “On Abstraction in the Medieval Aristotelian Tradition” (Richard Taylor, Marquette University) 

11:00am-11:30am: Break

11:30am-12:20pm: “Transmigration and the Teacher: Philoponus on De Anima 3.4-8” (Jacob Andrews, Loyola University Chicago)

12:30pm-2:00pm: Lunch, Hospitality Room of South Dining Hall
LECTURE: “Raimundus Lullus and his Acceptance of Islamic Thought” (Josep Puig Montada, Universidad Complutense, Madrid) 

2:00-2:30pm: Break

2:30pm-3:20pm: “Continuity, Rupture, And Fragmentation: Charting the Uneasy Course of ‘Divine Science’ from Antiquity to Early Modernity” (Matthew Kostelecky, University of Alberta)

3:20pm-4:10pm: “Al-Fârâbî’s Enumeration of the Sciences, Avicenna’s On Demonstration, II, 8, and their Latin Readers” (Thérèse-Anne Druart, The Catholic University of America)

4:10pm-4:30pm: Break

4:30pm-5:20pm: “Thomas Aquinas, His Predecessors, and the Properties of Being Qua Being” (Philip Neri Reese, University of Notre Dame)

5:20pm-6:00pm: “Essentialism and Scientific Necessity in Thomas Aquinas” (Nathaniel Taylor, Marquette University)


Saturday, August 26th 

9:00am-9:50am: “Aquinas and the Absence of Islam in Scholastic Thought” (Tom Burman, Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame)

9:50am-10:40am: “‘Le penchant pour l’arabisme’ at the University of Paris in the Thirteenth Century, or How Did Aquinas Learn Arabic Philosophy?” (Stephen Metzger, Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies)

10:40am-11:00am: Break

11:00am-11:50am: “Boethius, Thomas Aquinas and Avicenna on Divine Foreknowledge of Future Contingents” (Lu Jiang, Sun Yat-sen University)

11:50am-12:40pm: “Divine Will and the Metaphysics of God in Avicenna and Aquinas” (Mark Schulz, Marquette University) 

12:40pm-2:00pm: Lunch, Hospitality Room of South Dining Hall

2:10pm-3:00pm: “Circumscribing Emotions in Avicenna's Thought” (Michael Fatigati, University of Toronto)

3:00pm-3:50pm: “Establishing the Finiteness of Efficient Causes in the Metaphysics of the Healing” (Celia Byrne, University of Toronto) 

3:50pm-4:10pm: Break

4:10pm-5:00pm: “Aquinas on Exceeding Matter and Being a Body” (David Cory, Catholic University of America). 

5:00-5:10pm: Break

5:10pm-5:30pm, Concluding Remarks: “al-Ghazālī and Islamic Philosophy” (David Burrell, University of Notre Dame)

Please RSVP indicating lunch attendance, to Christine Grandy, Philosophy Department: by August 20th

This conference is organized by the “Aquinas and the Arabs Project” (, an international scholarly association dedicated to studying the philosophical influences and interactions among Latin, Muslim, and Jewish medieval philosophers.

Sponsored by the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (College of Arts and Letters), the Philosophy Department, and the Medieval Institute