Next in St. Nersess Seminary's Autumn Lecture Series, Dr. Michael Papazian will deliver a lecture on the brilliant Armenian philosopher known as David the Invincible on Monday, November 20 at 7:30PM.
Dr. Papazian is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia. His lecture is entitled, Armenian Christianity and the Commentaries on Aristotle of David the Invincible Philosopher.
A Well-Known Unknown
David, known as "Anhaght," is easily the best-known Armenian philosopher. Ironically he is also one of the most enigmatic figures in Armenian history and literature. His true identity remain a matter of debate among scholars. Many believe he wrote during the last decades of the 6th century. Others equate him with a number of Armenian intellectuals named "David" who lived and wrote around the turn of the 8th century.
"There remains a big question mark over the figure of David the Invincible," Prof. Abraham Terian said a few weeks ago when he inaugurated the Autumn Lecture Series dedicated to Philosophy in Armenia.
Armenians and Aristotle?
Professor Papazian will speak about one of the Invincible's famous works, his Commentaries on Aristotle. In particular, he will probe how faith and philosophy informed one another in Armenia.
Michael Papazian has a Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Virginia and a master's degree from Oxford University, where he studied classical Armenian under Professor Robert Thomson. His areas of scholarly interest include ancient philosophy, logic, and the relationship between Christianity and philosophy.
Dr. Papazian is the author of Light from Light: An Introduction to the History and Theology of the Armenian Church (SIS Publications, 2006). He has also penned numerous journal articles on ancient philosophy and early Christianity.
Monday night's lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
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