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Honorary doctor 2018, Charles Burnett: ARABICA VERITAS. Europeans' search for "truth" in Arabic scientific and philosophical literature of the Middle Ages

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Lecture by Charles Burnett, Honorary Doctor 2018

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?

Charles Burnett, honorary doctor of philosophy 2018, is professor of the history of Islamic influences in Europe at the Warburg Institute, University of London.

The lecture will be held in English.

Lecturer: Charles Burnett

Date: 10/17/2018

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Categories: Humanities

Location: Sal C363, Humanisten, Lundgrensgatan 1B

Contact person: Johanna Hillgren

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