Abstract

In this talk Peter Adamson, who has been working for years on a history
of philosophy that spans cultural divides, will address the question of
how philosophy passes across such divides. The talk will focus on three
very different contexts in which the ancient Greek philosophical legacy
was received: classical India, the Islamic world, and medieval Ethiopia.

The upshot of the discussion will be to question the usual
western/eastern dichotomy made within the history of philosophy, and to
confirm the hypothesis that textual translations are the main condition
for profound engagement across cultural barriers.