Avicenna (Ibn Sīnā, ca. 980–1037 CE) at work. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Working Group

Avicenna on Experience: Philosophy, Medicine, and Mysticism

This group explores lesser-known works by Avicenna (Ibn Sīnā, ca. 980–1037 CE), such as the Notes on the Theology of Aristotle. These works suggest the possibility that a more experientially based approach to science, perhaps akin to that advocated by the Islamic mystics known as the Sufis, may be better equipped than the path of rationality alone to study the more individual aspects of reality.