From Plato to al-Fârâbî

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Thérèse-Anne Druart


In this essay, I will sketch how from specializing in Greek philosophy, and Plato in particular, I came to learn Arabic and to know more about Islamic Studies. The focus will be on how philosophy can transcend linguistic, cultural, and religious differences, while still taking into account the linguistic, cultural, and religious particularities, as this leads to a richer philosophical approach.

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Druart, T.-A. (2019). From Plato to al-Fârâbî. Journal of World Philosophies, 4(1), 156-160. Retrieved from
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Thérèse-Anne Druart

Thérèse-Anne Druart obtained her PhD in Greek Philosophy at Université Catholique de Louvain in 1973 and a BPhil in Oriental Studies, Mediaeval Islamic Philosophy and Theology, at the University of Oxford in 1975. Druart was Assistant and Associate Professor at Georgetown University from 1978 to 1987 and has been Associate and Ordinary Professor at The Catholic University of America since then. She was also Director of the Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies from 2001-2006. She was privileged to give intensive courses at the Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, at Institut Catholique de Madagascar, and at Universidad de los Andes in Chile. Druart is the current President of SIHSPAI, Société Internationale d’Histoire des Sciences et de la Philosophie Arabe et Islamique, since 2010; was President of the American Catholic Philosophical Association for 2009-10; and President of the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy from 2000 to 2002.