Biography

Rémi Brague (September 8th, 1947 – Paris) is Emeritus Professor of Medieval and Arabic Philosophy at the University of Paris I. He teaches also at the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität of Munich where he holds the chair Romano Guardini. He was visiting professor at the Pennsylvania State University (Visiting Associate Professor), Boston University-U.S. (John Findlay Visiting Professor), Boston College-U.S. (Hans-Georg Gadamer Visting Professor), the Universidad de Navarra (Pamplona) and at the University San Raffaele (Milan). He is member of the Institut de France (Academy of moral and political sciences).

Studies and diplomas:

– Student at the École Normale Supérieure 1967-1971.

– Agrégé de Philosophie in 1971.

– PhD at the Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) in 1976 (Summa cum laude).

– Studies in medieval Hebrew at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (5th section) with C. Touati, 1982-1986, 1990-1991.

– Habilitation (Doctorat d’Etat) at the Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), 1986 (Highest distinction).

– Studies in literal Arabic at the School for Oriental Languages (INALCO) in Paris, 1985-1987.

Academic Career:

– Professor of Philosophy at Lycée technique du Perreux sur Marne, 1972-1976.

– Researcher at CNRS, 1976-1988.

– Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University, Winter 1979-1980.

– Grant Fondation Alexander v. Humboldt, Thomas Institut, Universität Köln, 1987-1988.

– Professor at Université de Bourgogne (Dijon), 1988-1990.

– Professor at Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I), 1990-2010.

– Professor of Philosophy (temporary position) at Université de Lausanne, Department of Philosophy, Winter 1989-1990 and Spring 2000.

– John Findlay Visiting Professor, Department of Philosophy, Boston University, Spring 1995 and 2001.

– Professor of Religionswissenschaft unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der europäischen Religionsgeschichte und der christlichen Weltanschauung (Guardini-Lehrstuhl), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, 2002-2013.

– Visiting Professor, Universidad de Navarra, Spring 2007.

– Visiting Professor, Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan, Spring 2008.

– Hans-Georg Gadamer Visting Professor, Department of Philosophy, Boston College, Autumn 2011.

Universities’ Activities:

– Member of the jury du concours des Écoles Normales Supérieures in 1989.

– Member of the jury of the Agrégation de Philosophie (Textes arabes de l’oral), 1990-

– Member of the Commission Philosophie du Centre National du Livre, 1991-1994. Reports: a) as external expert: 1- 1988, 1- 1989, 2- 1990, 2- 1995 ; b) as member: 5- 1991, 10- 1992, 8- 1993.

– Member of the Librairie Européenne des Idées du Centre National du Livre, 1995-1997. Reports: 1- 1996.

– External member of the Commission of specialists of the Department of Philosophy, Université de Rennes, 1991-1995.

– Presidency (effective) of the Bachelor of law: lycée Bonaparte (Autumn), 1990; lycée Claude Bernard (Paris), 1991.

– Scientific Commitee, Chair Etienne Gilson, Institut Catholique, Paris, 1998-

Collaborations:

– Pennsylvania State University (U.S.)

– Université de Haïfa (Israel)

– Université de Montréal (Canada)

– Isaac Killam Grants (Canada)

– Rice University, Houston (U.S.)

– Boston University (U.S.)

– Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioural Sciences, Stanford University (U.S.)

– Grant Agency of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic)

– Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Forschungspreise (Germany)

– Institut Universitaire de France

– Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Netherlands)

– Collegium Budapest (Hungary)

– Cambridge University Press

– Rheinisch-Westphälische Akademie der Wissenschaften

– Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

– Université Hébraïque de Jérusalem (Israel)

Professional Associations:

– Association des Études Grecques

– Société Asiatique

– Société Française de Philosophie

– Société Internationale pour l’Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale

– Société Internationale d’Histoire des Sciences et de la Philosophie Arabes et Islamiques

– Collegium Philosophicum, Forschungsinstitut für Philosophie, Hannover

– Academia scientiarum et Artium Europaea, Salzburg

– Member of the Council (Beirat), Gesellschaft für antike Philosophie, Berlin/Munich

Editorial activities:

– Director (with J.-Y. Lacoste) of the series “Théologiques”, Presses Universitaires de France, 1988-1998.

– Scientific Committee of Medieval Encounters, Brill, 1994-1998.

– Member of the Council of Internationale Zeitschrift für Philosophie, Tübingen, 1995-

– Member of the Council of  the series “Philosophie an der Jahrhundertswende”, Fink, Munich, 1999-

– Scientific Committee of Philosophie antique, Septentrion, Lille, 2001-

– Editorial board, Internationale Katholische Zeitschrift Communio, 2002-

Prizes and acknowledgments:

– Prix Reinach of the Association des Études Grecques, 1988.

– Bronze Medal of CNRS, 1988.

– Prix Grammaticakis-Neumann de l’Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques, 1988.

– Prix Alexandre Papadopoulo de l’Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques, 1999.

– Prix Lucien Dupont de l’Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques, 2005.

– Premio letterario Basilicata, 2008.

– Josef-Pieper Preis, 2009.

– Grand prix de philosophie de l’Académie Française, 2009.

– Member of the Institut de France (Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques), 2009-

– Ratzinger Prize, 2012.

– “Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’honneur“,  1st January 2013

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