The Jewish Thought Working Group at the Centre for Jewish Studies would like to invite you to

Dr. Yehuda Halper

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Liberal Arts
Philosophy and Jewish Studies
Tulane University, New Orleans

Can One Pray to the God of Aristotle’s Metaphysics?

Wednesday, March 9, 4pm-6pm

Jackman Humanities Building, Room 318, 170 St. George St.

In one incomplete manuscript of Aristotle’s Metaphysics with Averroes’ Long Commentary, a scribe has inserted short prayers, tefillot siyyum, to be read by the reader of the text upon completion of certain chapters of Book Delta of the Metaphysics.  The existence of these prayers indicates that Aristotle’s Metaphysics had a ritual role for some, perhaps small group of thinkers at some point between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries CE.