Deborah Black

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BA, MA, PhD (Toronto)

For more information visit Prof. Black’s personal website.


Office hours by appointment.

Research Interests:  
Classical Arabic philosophy; Medieval Latin philosophy, especially epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of mind


–Logic and Aristotle’s “Rhetoric” and “Poetics” in Medieval Arabic Philosophy (1990)

–“Consciousness and Self-Knowledge in Aquinas’s Critique of Averroes’s Psychology” (1993)

–“Mental Existence in Thomas Aquinas and Avicenna” (1999)

–“Estimation and Imagination: Western Divergences from an Arabic Paradigm” (2000)

–“Knowledge and Certitude in Al-Farabi (2006)

–“Avicenna on Self-Awareness And Knowing that One Knows” (2008)

–“Intentionality in Medieval Arabic Philosophy” (2010)

–“Averroes on Spirituality and Intentionality in Sense Perception” (2011)

–“Rational Imagination: Avicenna on the Cogitative Power” (2013)

–“Certitude, Justification, and the Principles of Knowledge in Avicenna’s Epistemology” (2013)

–“How Do We Acquire Concepts? Avicenna on Abstraction and Emanation” (2014)

Department of Philosophy, 170 St. George St., Room 501