Upcoming events

Porphyry on ittiḥād

A lecture by Michael Chase
CNRS Centre Jean Pépin-UMR 8230-ENS-PSL, Paris-Villejuif - Max Planck Institute for the HIstory of Science, Berlin

10 October 2022, 5pm | San Francesco Complex - classroom 1 | online at

Abstract | I propose that new materials from the Muqābasāt of al-Tawḥīdī should be attributed to the Arabic treatise On the Soul, which I argue is an extract from an authentic work by Porphyry. These materals contain indications of doctrines on the origin, nature and function of the union (ittiḥād) between the human soul and the divine Agent Intellect that are unattested in Porphyry’s extant Greek works, but may help to shed light on Avicenna’s hitherto unexplained violent reaction to and dismissal of Porphyrian noetics.

From Toledo to Gotha: New Perspectives on the Impact of Avicenna upon Sciences and Philosophy in Europe

Louvain, 14-15 October 2022

Keynote lecture by Amos Bertolacci
Paper by Marco Signori

Scienze, filosofia e letteratura nel mondo iranico, da Gundishapur ai nostri giorni

Bologna, 20-21 October 2022

Papers by Amos Bertolacci, Marco Signori and external PhiBor members Ivana Panzeca and Francesco O. Zamboni

Filosofie dell'angelo tra medioevo e prima modernità

Firenze, 25 October 2022

Chair Amos Bertolacci
Paper by Marco Signori

Past and ongoing events

Da Baghdad a Firenze. Itinerari del sapere sulle orme di Alberto Magno

First Italian Reading Group on Albert the Great
[Summa theologiae sive de mirabili scientia Dei]


Venerdì 6 maggio | Dottrina

Teologia, filosofia, noetica


Alessandro Palazzo

(Università di Trento)

Tra scienza e teologia: il "Grande anno" nella Summa Theologiae di Alberto Magno


Paola Bernardini

(Università di Siena)

Per Aristotelem et per veritatem. Argomenti contro l’unicità dell’intelletto nella Summa Theologiae di Alberto Magno


Anna Rodolfi

(Università di Firenze)

Mezzi e oggetti della conoscenza angelica nella Summa Theologiae di Alberto Magno


Teologia e scienze


Stefano Perfetti

(Università di Pisa)

In theologicis magis quam in physicis. I commenti biblici e la Summa Theologiae di Alberto Magno come luoghi veritativi della sua riflessione filosofica


Amalia Cerrito

(Università di Pisa-Firenze)

Maschile e femminile, paternità e maternità nel pensiero di Alberto Magno: il caso della generazione delle piante tra filosofia naturale, teologia ed esegesi biblica


Sabato 7 maggio | Fonti

Platonismo e aristotelismo


Alessandra Beccarisi

(Università di Foggia)

Alberto Magno lettore della Elementatio Theologica di Proclo nella Summa Theologiae


Amos Bertolacci

(Scuola IMT Alti Studi, Lucca)

Aquila o airone? Alberto Magno interprete della Metafisica di Aristotele nel Prologo della Summa Theologiae


Tradizione araba


Silvia Di Vincenzo

(Scuola IMT Alti Studi, Lucca)

Alberto Magno lettore di Avicenna in Summa Theologiae, tract. I, quaestio 5, capitolo 3: utrum theologia habet modum argumentationis


Marco Signori

(Scuola IMT Alti Studi, Lucca | Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)

Chartula brevis. L’anima intellettuale come libro e come luogo tra Algazel e la Summa Theologiae di Alberto Magno


Discussione finale

Advanced Topics in East and West

A series of research seminars on topics of Arabic and Latin philosophy, history and culture,
organized at PhiBor Unit by Amos Bertolacci

List of participants and talks


Friday 26 November, 4-6PM, Aula 1

Sina Salari (Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran; visiting student IMT)

The doctrine of providence of Alexander of Aphrodisias in the Arabic tradition



Friday 17 December, 4-6PM, Aula 2

Francesco Omar Zamboni (Ph.D. Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa; University of Jyväskylä, Finland)

Fakhr al-Din al-Razi's Ontology of Trans-Categorical Properties



Friday 14 January, 3-5PM, Aula 2

Alessia Astesiano (Ph.D. Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa; Scuola di Archivistica, Paleografia e Diplomatica, Firenze)

Being potential or being actual? A controversial way of describing the continuum and the infinite in Aristotle's and Avicenna's Physics



Friday 28 January, 3-5PM, Aula 2

Sina Salari (Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran; visiting student IMT)

On the problem(s) of providence



Friday 11 February, 3-5PM, Conference Room

Marco Signori (Ph.D. candidate Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa; research collaborator IMT)

On the Origins of the Term coaequaevus in Medieval Latin Thought. Between Latin Platonism and Arabic Philosophy



Friday 25 February, 3-5PM, Aula 2

Alfonso Quartucci (Ph.D. Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa; University of Toronto)

Avicenna on the structure of metaphysics



Friday 11 March, 3-5PM, Aula 2

Arturo Mariano Iannace (Ph.D. candidate IMT)

Philosophy, politics, and images: a possible interpretation of the Exultet rolls



Friday 25 March, 3-5PM, Aula 2

Ginevra Tozzi (Ph.D. candidate IMT)

Avicenna’s Commentary on Aristotle’s De Interpretatione and his discussion on future contingents



Friday 8 April, 2:30-4.30 PM, Aula 2

István Lánczky (Ph.D., Avicenna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies, Péter Pázmány Catholic University, Budapest)

Individuals in Context: Avicenna’s Theory of Individuation in His Metaphysical Framework



Friday 22 April, 3-5 PM, Aula 2

Amos Bertolacci (IMT)

“Things That No Eye Has Ever Seen and No Ear Has Ever Heard”: Avicenna’s Recourse to an Islamic ḥadīṯ and its interreligious scope



Friday 20 May, 3-5 PM, Aula 1

Germano Gorga (Ph.D. candidate IMT)

Texts, Numbers and Diagrams: A Philosophical Analysis of Islamic Astronomical Manuscripts

Aristotelian Logic in a Nutshell

A lecture by Silvia Di Vincenzo
at the
American University in Beirut

“Things That No Eye Has Ever Seen and No Ear Has Ever Heard”: Avicenna’s Recourse to an Islamic ḥadīṯ and its interreligious scope