Aristotle’s Metaphysics in Arabic and Scholastic Philosophy

Course Information
TitleΤα "Μετά τα φυσικά" του Αριστοτέλη στην αραβική και στη σχολαστική φιλοσοφία / Aristotle’s Metaphysics in Arabic and Scholastic Philosophy
SchoolPhilosophy and Education
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorPantelis Golitsis
Course ID600019661

Programme of Study: UPS School of Philosophy and Education (2011-today)

Registered students: 27
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6
PhilosophyElected Compulsory DirectionalWinter/Spring-6
PedagogicElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • French (Examination)
  • German (Examination)
  • Italian (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Through this course, students will: - be introduced to Arabic and Scholastic Philosophy; - become acquainted with Aristotle's metaphysics and its medieval reception; - understand the fundamental differences between ancient, medieval and modern metaphysics.
General Competences
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Aristotle's Metaphysics was crucial for the content and meaning of the science of metaphysics as the supreme branch of philosophy during the Middle Ages and in modern (pre-Kantian) era. Although Arabic and Latin commentators, such as Al-Farabi, Avicenna, Averroes, Thomas Aquinas, John Duns Scotus, and Jean Buridan, agree on the unitary character of the Metaphysics ― an element that clearly distinguishes them from the Aristotelian scholars of the nineteenth and the twentieth century ―, they interpret Aristotle’s treatise in a different manner. At any rate, the distinction between the "subject" (mawḍū) of the treatise, i.e. the object explained by Aristotle, and "what is sought" (maṭlūb) in the treatise, i.e. what Aristotle tries to find by investigating the causes of the object, as well as the distinction between the being qua being (ens inquantum ens) and the transcendental properties of being (transcendentalia) were fundamental for medieval philosophers. During the course, we will explain both the common ground and the differences of interpretation in the above-mentioned commentators of the Metaphysics.
Aristotle, Arabic Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Metaphysics, Avicenna, Averroes, Thomas Aquinas
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment1084.3
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1) Franco Alessio, Ιστορία της μεσαιωνικής φιλοσοφίας, Αθήνα: Τραυλός, 2007. 2) De Lacy O’Leary, Πώς πέρασε η ελληνική γνώση στους Άραβες, Αθήνα: Εκάτη, 2010. 3) Christof Rapp, Εισαγωγή στον Αριστοτέλη, Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Οκτώ, 2012.
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