Reason against reason

Guillaume de Vaulx

PhD student at Paris-IV University

icon-calendar November 3, 2015

20151103_Seminaire_Guillaume_de_VaulxGuillaume de Vaulx presented under the title “Reason against reason” a medieval Christian-Muslim polemic. The debate opposed the Nestorian bishop Isrāʾīl al-Kaskarī to Aḥmad ibn al-Ṭayyib al-Saraḫsī, one of al-Kindī disciples who the speaker suspects to be the author of Iḫwān al-Ṣafāʾ’s treatises. The traces of this polemic that are found in these treatises show us what the purpose of interreligious dispute purpose could be: not to reach an agreement but to allow everyone to deepen their quest for the truth.