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M/W DOCTORAL CONTRACT “Logic, Ontology and Theology between falsafa and kalam: Avicenna (Ibn Sina) and the Avicennian tradition”

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Français - Anglais

Date Limite Candidature : mardi 18 octobre 2022

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General information

Reference : UMR7219-VIRMAO-011
Workplace : PARIS 13
Date of publication : Monday, September 12, 2022
Scientific Responsible name : Cristina Cerami
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 December 2022
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

Doctoral research by a student whose work will be on the theme of the present offer "Logic, Ontology and Theology between falsafa and kalām: Avicenna (Ibn Sīnā) and the Avicennian tradition". By studying upstream the main authors of the muʿtazilite and ašʿarite kalām (notably Abu ʿAli Al-Ǧubbāʾī and al-Ašʿarī) and downstream the Avicennian tradition of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries (notably Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī, al-Qūnawī or al-Taftazānī and his pupil Al- Bukhārī), the hired student will have the twofold aim of reconstructing the influence that the ontology of the kalām had on the core of Avicenna's onto-theological conception (particularly in his use of the notions of necessity and contingency in the definition of God) and of re-evaluating in a fresh way the real place of his work in the authors who, in his name, claimed to uphold the doctrine of the waḥdat al-wujūd.
The thesis will be co-directed with prof. Marwan Rashed of Sorbonne University.

Work Context

The recruited person will take part in the activities of the Centre for the History of Arab and Medieval Sciences and Philosophies of the UMR SPHERE and in those of the researchers in the history of Arabic sciences and philosophy of the UMR SPHERE.

Constraints and risks

Candidates must have a Master's degree or equivalent in Philosophy at the beginning of the doctoral contract and a training in the history of science. They must have a perfect knowledge of Arabic, written and spoken English and sufficient knowledge in reading German.

Additional Information

The recruited person will be member of the SPHERE Laboratory and will be affiliated with the Ecole Doctorale 623 " Savoirs, Sciences, Education " (https://ed623.u-paris.fr) of the Université Paris Cité. He or she must identify, translate and analyse texts from Avicenna's corpus at the heart of his logical-theological doctrine of necessity and contingency (especially in the Ilāhiyyāt of the Šifāʾ, in the Išārāt wa-t-tanbīhāt, and in the Kitāb al-Naǧāt). He or she also has to dentify, translate and analyse the texts of Al-Ǧubbāʾī and al-Ašʿarī which are at the root of the same doctrine, as well as the texts of the main philosophers of the post-Avicennian tradition of the 13th-14th centuries (notably Ṭūsī, Qūnawī, Taftazānī and Bukhārī). Finally, he or she has to participate actively in scientific activities organised by the two supervisors.

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