Philosophy in Context : Arabic and Syriac manuscript transmissions in the Mediterranean (PhiC)
This project aims to solve two major difficulties in research in the history of philosophy: 1) understanding the conditions of the reception and the transmission in the Mediterranean World of philosophy of Greek tradition in the Arabic and Syriac languages; 2) discovering the numerous works buried in libraries in a systematic way, instead of by chance. Thanks to a methodical pooling of the information given in the catalogs of manuscripts and, much more, to the systematic examination of the collections, we will be able not only to identify new texts but also get all kinds of information about the places and the institutions where the texts circulated, their copyists, sponsors, readers, etc. It will thus be finally possible to get a clear idea of how the products of pure reason were welcomed in Islam, and of the motivations of the collectors of manuscripts in Europe since the Renaissance (was it to satisfy the needs of scholarship, to translate the texts or to provide direct inspiration for creative thinking?). This work will be based on the cross-information allowed by the ABJAD database, that will be operational within the project itself. This project thus requires a strongly interdisciplinary approach, combining a thourough knowledge in the history of philosophy, philology, codicology and computer science.
Field of science
- /humanities/philosophy, ethics and religion/philosophy/history of philosophy
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