Symposium '3rd Symposium on the History and the Philosophy of Science'
“Islam and Rationalism” is the theme of the third symposium on the history and the philosophy of science organized at the University of Ghent in honor of Roshdi Rashed.
The 3rd symposium of 2017 focuses on the relationship between rationalism and science in Islam. The question of the scope of reason (‘aql) in Islam has been a central issue throughout the centuries. Not only the exact and the natural sciences but also other disciplines have been involved in these theoretical discussions: philosophy (falsafa), theology (‘ilm al-kalām), jurisprudence (fiqh), linguistics and Sufism.
The 3rd symposium focuses on the contribution of these discussions to the development of the “scientific method” from an intercultural and interdisciplinary perspective. It aims at discussing well-established readings and exploring new possible interpretations of the history of the sciences. It brings together scholars from different backgrounds in order to facilitate a lasting dialogue between cultures and disciplines. It also aims at contributing to a long-term response to the current crisis affecting the Euro-Arab-Islamic relations.