Colin Murtha M.A.

Ehemaliger Lehrender

Aktuelle E-Mail Adresse: colin.murtharunl


  • Mittelalterliche arabische Philosophie
  • Avicennas Naturphilosophie
  • Metaphysik


  • seit 2023: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der Radboud University in Nijmegen
  • 2020-2023: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter im Fach Philosophie der Universität Trier (gefördert durch das Institut TRANSMARE)
  • 2017–2018: MA in Intellectual Encounters of the Islamicate World an der Freien Universität Berlin (Masterarbeit: „Love Theory in Classical Arabic Philosophy – The Argument for Divine Reflexive ʿishq“)
  • 2016–2017: Student des klassischen Arabisch am Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman, Jordanien
  • 2009–2012: BA in Philosophy an der American University in Kairo



„Avicenna on Inanimate Sublunary Nature: The Fifth Natural Science of The Healing


My dissertation focuses on a previously edited, but understudied treatise in Avicenna’s (d. 1037) monumental work The Healing, one which has not yet been fully translated into any modern language. The treatise, comprising the fifth science of natural philosophy, is composed of two parts, the first of which details his theory of minerals (maʿādin), and the second, his theory of meteorological phenomena (aṯār ʿulwiyya) including clouds, wind, rainbows, thunder and lightning, meteors and comets. In addition to producing an English translation of the treatise in its entirety, and aside from the research involved in contextualizing Avicenna’s theories and their origins in Aristotle, my dissertation will mostly concern itself with the relation between Avicenna’s mineralogy and meteorology and specifically will attempt to understand Avicenna’s justification for combining the study of minerals and meteorological phenomena into a single science, a strategy that constitutes what I argue is Avicenna’s most novel contribution to the discipline.


JProf. Dr. Andreas Lammer