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Alfarabi’s Goal: Political Philosophy, not Political Theology

Center for Ethics and Public Affairs Public Lecture

Charles Butterworth, University of Maryland, College Park



Stibbs Conference Room
Lavin-Bernick Center
Tulane University

About the Speaker

Emeritus Professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park and currently Visiting Professor in the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, Charles Butterworth specializes in medieval Islamic political philosophy.

Professor Butterworth’s publications include critical editions of many commentaries written by Averroes on Aristotle’s logic as well as translations of treatises by Averroes, Alfarabi, Alrazi, and Maimonides. He has also published translations and analyses of the political philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Professor Butterworth has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholar Research and Lecturing Award at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität in Erlangen, Germany, and the principal investigator for projects on medieval Islamic logic sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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