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Seyed N. Mousavian

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PhD, University of Alberta, Canada

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Representation and Reality

Specialization: Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics, and Medieval Arabic Philosophy

My PhD thesis, titled “Empty Names and Neo-Russellianism”, falls on the borderline of contemporary analytic philosophy of language and metaphysics. My research in philosophy of language focuses on the phenomenon of reference failure. In metaphysics, I am interested in ontology; particularly, I would like to study the relationship between existence, identity, and modality. I develop similar interests in medieval Arabic philosophy. My research in Arabic philosophy focuses on existence and the modes of our knowledge of existence.


Phone: 46-31-7863924
Email: seyed.mousavian@gu.se
Email: seyed.mousavian@ualberta.ca


Statement of Research in Arabic Philosophy

Within Arabic philosophy, three major philosophical schools may be distinguished: Peripatetic philosophy (championed by Avicenna), Illuminationist philosophy (founded by Suhrawardi), and Transcendent philosophy (established by Mullā Ṣadrā). The principle of the self-evidence of the concept/conception of existence plays a pivotal role in Avicenna’s philosophy as well as in Mullā Ṣadrā’s. Suhrawardi finds the principle suspicious. I am interested in examining the validity of this principle. The problem, I suspect, runs deep. Two sets of notions are of interest: on the one hand, epistemological and logical notions such as concepts, conceptions, self-evidence and definability, and on the other hand, ontological and semantic notions such as objecthood, thingness, existence, and reference. The study requires a survey on a wide range of topics, including the structure of predication, the logical form of existential claims and the nature of singular/de re thoughts, in Arabic philosophy. In terms of methodology, I shall heavily rely on the contemporary analytic philosophy, particularly philosophy of language, logic and mind as well as ontology. I hope future philological and historical studies compensate shortcomings of my research.



8. (Forthcoming). "Ontological Trivialism? How to Meinong a Carnap-Quine." Grazer Philosophische Studien.

7. (2015). "Do Apparently Empty Names Help Millianism Prevail Against Widescopism? A Note." Analytic Philosophy. Vol. 56 (3): 253-265.

6. (2015) “Pragmatics of No Reference.” Mind and Language. Vol. 30, N.1: 95-116.

5. (2014). “Suhrawardi on innateness: A Reply to John Walbridge.” Philosophy East and West. Vol. 64, N. 2: 486–501.

4. (2014) “Empty Names and Pragmatic Millianism." Thought: A Journal of Philosophy N. 3: 49–58.

3. (2014). “Did Suhrawardi believe in innate ideas as a priori concepts? A note.” Philosophy East and West. Vol. 64, N. 2: 473–480.

2. (2011). “Gappy propositions?” Canadian Journal of Philosophy. Vol. 41, N.1: 125-158.

1. (2010). “Neo-Meinongian neo-Russellians.” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly. Vol. 91, N.2: 229–259.

Recent Talks

2. (2015). “Concept Originalism and Belief Reports.” 43rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Exact Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. (Coauthor: M. S. Zarepour)

1. (2015). “On the Origination of the Human Soul: From an Avicennian Point of View.” The Second Annual Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS 2015), School of Advanced Study, University of London. London, UK.

Seyed N. Mousavian

Contact Information

Seyed N. Mousavian

Box 200, 405 30 Göteborg

Visiting Address:
Olof Wijksgatan 6

031-786 3924

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