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David Bennett

Postdoctoral research fellow

David Bennett
Postdoctoral research fellow
david.bennett@gu.se

Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Olof Wijksgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg


Department of Philosophy, Linguistics, Theory of Science (More Information)
Box 200
40530 Göteborg
www.flov.gu.se
flov@flov.gu.se

Visiting Address: Olof wijksgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg

About David Bennett

As part of the Arabic philosophy section of “Representation and Reality,” my focus is the development of psychological sciences in the Islamic world up to the time of Avicenna (d. 1037 CE). Questions concerning the nature and function of the soul arose in various intellectual milieu, and it is important to recognize the variety of working theoretical positions, each of which, to a greater or lesser extent, helped shape the reception and transfiguration of Aristotelian psychology in the 9th-11th Centuries CE.

My background in Islamic theology and philosophy is concentrated on the early development of kalām, speculative theology, as it was practiced by Muʿtazilites and Ashʿarites in this period. Even before the wholesale adoption of Aristotelian and Neoplatonic ideas by philosophers writing in Arabic, early theologians were well acquainted with Greek philosophy and medicine through Syriac (and other) intermediaries. Indeed, no psychological theory was proposed which did not take into account fundamental Aristotelian and Galenic considerations.

I will be providing the account of these formative psychological positions in kalām and in the so-called Baghdād school (Yaḥyā ibn ʿAdī et al), together with other major figures in this period (such as al-Miskawayh), as a framework upon which to build the sub-project “From Perception to Knowledge: Before and After Avicenna”; that is to say, the “before” part. In collaboration with other sub-projects in Representation and Reality, I will also provide additional research on the Greco-Arabic tradition, particularly with respect to the commentary traditions under examination: Theophrastus, Alexander, and the reception of De sensu and related texts in Arabic.

Latest publications

Gott als Gegenstand von Wissen in der islamischen Theologie
David Bennett
Gottesgedanken / ed. R. Feldmeier and M. Winet, Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

The Muʿtazilite Movement (II): The Early Muʿtazilites
David Bennett
The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Theology, ed. S. Schmidtke, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

A Newly Discovered Yaḥyā ibn ʿAdī Treatise against Atomism
David Bennett, Robert Wisnovsky
Ideas in Motion in Baghdad and Beyond: Philosophical and Theological Exchanges between Christians and Muslims in the Third/Ninth and Fourth/Tenth Centuries, ed. Damien Janos, Leiden, Brill, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

The Measure of Good in the Elucidation of the Subject of Rhetoric
David Bennett
S.H. Nasr and M. Aminrazavi, eds. An Anthology of Philosophy in Persia, Volume 5: From the School of Shiraz to the Twentieth Century, London, I.B. Tauris, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

Abū Isḥāq al-Naẓẓām: the Ultimate Constituents of Nature are Simple Properties and Rūḥ
David Bennett
Abbasid Studies IV: Proceedings of the 2010 Meeting of the School of Abbasid Studies. Ed. M. Bernards., Exeter, UK, Gibb Memorial Trust, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

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2016

Gott als Gegenstand von Wissen in der islamischen Theologie
David Bennett
Gottesgedanken / ed. R. Feldmeier and M. Winet, Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

The Muʿtazilite Movement (II): The Early Muʿtazilites
David Bennett
The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Theology, ed. S. Schmidtke, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

2015

A Newly Discovered Yaḥyā ibn ʿAdī Treatise against Atomism
David Bennett, Robert Wisnovsky
Ideas in Motion in Baghdad and Beyond: Philosophical and Theological Exchanges between Christians and Muslims in the Third/Ninth and Fourth/Tenth Centuries, ed. Damien Janos, Leiden, Brill, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

The Measure of Good in the Elucidation of the Subject of Rhetoric
David Bennett
S.H. Nasr and M. Aminrazavi, eds. An Anthology of Philosophy in Persia, Volume 5: From the School of Shiraz to the Twentieth Century, London, I.B. Tauris, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

2013

Abū Isḥāq al-Naẓẓām: the Ultimate Constituents of Nature are Simple Properties and Rūḥ
David Bennett
Abbasid Studies IV: Proceedings of the 2010 Meeting of the School of Abbasid Studies. Ed. M. Bernards., Exeter, UK, Gibb Memorial Trust, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

Showing 1 - 5 of 5

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