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Nicholas Allan Aubin M.A.


Ancient Philosophy (APhil)


10/2014 – 2019    
Doctoral fellow at the BerGSAS, APhil

9/2014 – 4/2017     
Graduate Research Trainee (McGill University)

9/2010 – 5/2014     
BA Yale University (Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations)

Power and Possibility in Early Arabic Philosophy: Three Inovators Between Philoponus and Avicenna

My dissertation is concerned with the Arabic afterlife of a section from Philoponus' Contra Proclum.

Over the course of the dissertation I investigate:

1) the function of the argument in Philoponus' own thought;
2) how versions of this same argument are used by a number of lesser-known Arabic thinkers (Christians, Jews, and Muslims) over the centuries between Philoponus and Avicenna;
3) how subtle changes to the argument reflect an overall trend away from Aristotelian modality towards the modal framework we see in Avicenna, as well as a number of changes in the relationship between theology and philosophy.