Professional philosophers and historians of ideas face a double gap in their education on the history of philosophy: in their knowledge of philosophy in the Latin Christian West, and in their knowledge of the Islamic philosophical tradition in the same period. For most Anglo-American researchers and teachers, Islamic philosophy from 900-1200 is terra incognita. This talk shows, through two accessible examples (al-Ghazali and Ibn Sina), how these gaps cripple our accounts of central philosophical concepts, and even prevent correctly analyzing important philosophical arguments of modern interest.

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