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Lucas Oro Hershtein

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Lucas completed a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires (2019). In his dissertation, he analysed how Abū Yaʿqūb al-Sijistānī, in the Kitāb al-Yanābīʿ, understood, from a political perspective, several metaphysical concepts developed in the Arabic versions of Plotinus, in particular, those of mediation, participation and knowledge. His dissertation was supervised by Claudia D’Amico (UBA) and evaluated by Maribel Fierro (CSIC), Isabel Toral (Freie Universität Berlin) and Francisco Bertelloni (UBA). Before that, he finished a Licentiate degree in Philosophy, also at the University of Buenos Aires, with a thesis on Ibn Gabirol’s reception of the Arabic translations of Plotinus (2014).

Throughout his PhD, Lucas carried out multiple research periods in different academic centers: the Instituto de Lenguas y Culturas del Mediterráneo of the CCHS-CSIC; the Seminar für Arabistik/Islamwissenschaft of the Universität Göttingen; the Munich School of Ancient Philosophy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-​Universität München; the École des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques of the Casa de Velázquez; and the Cordoba Near Eastern Research Unit at the Universidad de Córdoba.

He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Instituto de Filosofía of the Universidad de Buenos Aires with a scholarship from the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) of Argentina (2019-2021). He is a lecturer on Medieval Islamic Philosophy at the MA in Medieval Studies and the doctoral programmes in Philosophy and History of the Universidad de Buenos Aires. He is a member of the Directive Council of the Society for Medieval Philosophy (SOFIME).

Lucas also holds an MA in International Affairs (Universidad Nacional de La Plata, 2017), with a thesis on contemporary Salafī thought, and an MBA (IAE Business School, 2019). Last but not least, he is actively involved in interreligious dialogue and cooperation.

Overview

Since the beginning of his studies, Lucas has been captivated by the Medieval Islamicate world within which Muslim and Jewish philosophers lived and thought. After finishing his MA thesis on Ibn Gabirol and his PhD dissertation on Abū Yaʿqūb al-Sijistānī, he has been working on the Bustān al-ʿuqūl by Rav Nethanʾel be-Rav Fayyūmī, an example of the common intellectual culture shared by Jewish and Muslim thinkers.

Lucas is interested in philosophy as a spiritual exercise, not only as a concept, in its multiple reverberations, but also in itself. Since for him to interpret a text means to use it, he is fascinated with the idea of focusing on Jewish and Islamic texts in Arabic, Judeo-Arabic and Hebrew with a philosophically creative method and objective, and not only from a historical or philological perspective.

Projects

Lucas is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the John Templeton Foundation-funded research project in Comparative Analytic Theology, based at the Department of Philosophy of the University of York. He focuses on Jewish Analytic Theology.

 

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Lucas Oro Hershtein
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Philosophy