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About Jon McGinnis

Jon McGinnis is a Greco-Arabist who also has interest in medieval Latin science, philosophy and theology. He received a M.A. in Church History from the University of North Texas (1991) and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania (2000), where he worked jointly in the Department of Philosophy and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. As a graduate student he was a research fellow at Harvard University in the Department of the History of Science, as well as a Fulbright scholar to Egypt. Since coming to UMSL, he has received numerous grants and fellowships from such organizations as the University of Missouri Research Board Award, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew Mellon Foundation as well as having been a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is currently the Secretary-Treasurer of the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy. In addition to numerous articles and chapters on various aspects of ancient and medieval physics and metaphysics, he is the author ofAvicenna (Oxford University Press), translator and editor of Avicenna’s The Physics of the Healing (Brigham Young University Press) and, with David C. Reisman, translator of Classical Arabic Philosophy: An Anthology of Sources (Hackett). All in all, Jon thinks that life is pretty good, but better with a cup of coffee.

Positions

Present Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis
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