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Ahmed Alwishah, PhD
Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Ahmed Alwishah

    With Pitzer Since: 2009
    Field Group: Philosophy
    Campus Address: Avery 210
    Phone: 607.7732
    Email: ahmed_alwishah@pitzer.edu

    Education:
    PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
    B.A., Baghdad University

Research Interests:

Islamic philosophy, Islamic theology, medieval philosophy,  Islamic culture, , and the intellectual culture of the Middle East.

Recent Courses:

Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL7)

History of Ethics (PHIL31)

Philosophy of Religion (PHIL52)

Islamic Philosophy (PHIL84)

God and Philosophy (PHIL96)

Islam vs. Islam (PHIL155)

Spinoza and Leibniz on Reality (PHIL186S)

Selected Publications

Aristotle and Arabic Tradition, co-editor with Josh Hayes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming.

“Avicenna On Self-Cognition and Self-Awareness,” Aristotle and Arabic Tradition, co-editor with Josh Hayes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming.

“Avicenna on Floating Man Arguments,” Journal of Islamic Philosophy. Forthcoming.

“Avicenna on Animal Self-Awareness, Cognition and Identity”Cambridge Journal of Arabic Sciences and Philosophy. Forthcoming.

Translated the Arabic testimonia on Thales for The Milesians: Thales, volume 1 of the series Traditio Praesocratica: Textual Evidence on Presocratic Philosophy and its Continuation. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2013.

“The Early Arabic Liar: The Liar Paradox in the Islamic World from the Mid-Ninth to the Mid-Thirteenth Centuries,” Vivarium, vol. 47, no. 1 (2009). With David Sanson.

al-Tanqīḥāt fī sharḥ al-Talwīḥat: Refinement and Commentary on Suhrawardī’s Intimations, A Thirteenth Century Text on Natural Philosophy and Psychology. Costa Mesa, CA: Mazda Publishers, 2003. Edited, with introduction by Hossein Ziai and Ahmed Alwishah.

"The Early Arabic Liar: The Liar Paradox in the Islamic World from the Mid-Ninth to the Mid-Thirteenth Centuries," Vivarium, vol. 47, no. 1 (2009). With David Sanson.

al-Tanqīḥāt fī sharḥ al-Talwīḥat: Refinement and Commentary on Suhrawardī's Intimations, A Thirteenth Century Text on Natural Philosophy and Psychology. Costa Mesa, CA: Mazda Publishers, 2003. Edited, with introduction by Hossein Ziai and Ahmed Alwishah.

Selected Conference Presentations and Invited Talks

“Avicenna on Animal Self-Awareness, Cognition and Identity” at 9e colloque international de la Société Internationale d’Histoire des Sciences et de la Philosophie Arabes et Islamiques (S. I. H. S. P. A. I.), Paris, Univ. Paris Diderot-Paris 7, October 2014.

“Divine Knowledge and Human Self-Awareness,” invited talk, Clare Hall Colloquium, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, May 2014.

“Avicenna on Self-Cognition and Self-Awareness,” paper presented at the British Association for Islamic Studies, Edinburgh, Scotland, April 2014.

“Avicenna on God’s Knowledge of the Universe and Human Cognition,” paper presented at the Ancient Cosmos: Concord Among Worlds conference, Durham University, Durham, England, September 2013.

Invited speaker, Internet Revolutions, Pomona Student Union, Pomona College, Claremont, CA, February 22, 2011.

Panel participant, Informal teach-in/Q&A about Events in Egypt, Scripps College, Claremont, CA, February 11, 2011.

“Avicenna on Human Existence and Self-Awareness,” paper presented at the International Colloquium of the SIHSPAI: Philosophy and Science in Classical Islamic Civilisation, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, United Kingdom, December 3-5, 2010.

“Avicenna on Divine Self-Awareness and Human Self-Awareness,” paper presented at the Annual Joint Meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy in conjunction with the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science, Fordham University, Bronx, NY, October 15-17, 2010.

Chair, panel on “Windows on the Past,” the International Society for Iranian Studies Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, May 28, 2010.

“The Study of Islamic Philosophy in the U.S.,” lecture given at the Philosophy Department, Baghdad University, Baghdad, Iraq, January 12, 2010.

“Avicenna on Mantel Language,” paper presented at the Annual Joint Meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy in conjunction with the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science, Fordham University, New York, October 16-18, 2009.

Selected Grants, Awards, and Honors

Life Member Fellow at Clare Hall (University of Cambridge, UK), 2014

Blais recipient for teaching REL415: Philosophy and Theology of al-Ghazali. School of Religion, Claremont Graduate University, 2011-2012.

Additional Information

Curriculum Vitae