Our 2019 Conway Lecturer will be Professor Peter Adamson, Professor of Late Ancient and Arabic Philosophy at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. The title of this year's lecture series is ""Don’t Think for Yourself: Faith and Authority in Medieval Philosophy," and the lectures will run back-to-back-to-back from September 24th through 26th.
Prof. Adamson's primary areas of interest are late ancient philosophy and Arabic philosophy. His two monographs deal with the Arabic version of Plotinus, the so-called "Theology of Aristotle," and with al-Kindi (d. after 870 AD). He has devoted articles to several figures of the Greek tradition: Aristotle, Plotinus, and Porphyry; and numerous philosophers of the Arabic tradition, including al-Kindi, Abu Bakr al-Razi, Yahya Ibn 'Adi, Miskawayh, Avicenna, and Averroes. He has also edited and co-edited numerous books, including "The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy," three further volumes on philosophy in the Islamic world for the Warburg Institute, several volumes for the Institute of Classical Studies including "Philosophical Themes in Galen," and "Interpreting Avicenna: Critical Essays" for Cambridge University Press. In 2012 Prof Adamson moved to the LMU from King's College London. He is also the host of the History of Philosophy podcast (www.historyofphilosophy.net).