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Arabica Veritas. Europeans' Search for 'Truth' in Arabic Scientific and Philosophical Literature of the Middle Ages

Arabica Veritas. Europeans' Search for 'Truth' in Arabic Scientific and Philosophical Literature of the Middle Ages
121 St. Joseph Street, Alumni Hall, Room 100
Time: Feb 10th, 4:10 pm End: Feb 10th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Medieval Studies (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), 400-1200, 1500-1800, 1200-1500
Talk by Charles Burnett, University of London

The Centre for Medieval Studies presents

2016-2017 W. John Bennett Distinguished Visiting Scholar 

 

PROFESSOR CHARLES BURNETT

Warburg Institute, University of London 

 

Arabica Veritas. Europeans’ Search for ‘Truth’ in Arabic Scientific and Philosophical Literature of the Middle Ages

 

Why did the Latin world seek out Arabic texts for translation between the eleventh and the thirteenth centuries? In the religious context it is clear that Muslim literature was translated in order to understand and refute Islam. But in science and philosophy the search was for ‘the truth’ which could be found amongst the Arabs. This lecture explores what was meant by the ‘Arabica veritas’ (or ‘Arabum veritas’), and why this truth was regarded as being important. Can someone else’s ‘truth’ provide security in the face of the inherent uncertainty of sublunary matters?

 

Friday, 10 February 2017, 4:10 pm

Alumni Hall, Room 100

121 St. Joseph Street

 

Reception to follow

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Centre for Medieval Studies at 416 978-4884.

 

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