Biography of Robert Wisnovsky:
Robert Wisnovsky is a specialist in the history of Islamic philosophy, with a particular interest in the origins, development and reception of the metaphysics of Avicenna (Ibn S?n?, d. 1037). Wisnovsky received his BA (1986) in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from Yale, and his MA (1990) and PhD (1994) in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton. He then took up a Postdoctoral Research Assistantship (1994-1996) in Prof. Richard Sorabji’s Ancient Commentators on Aristotle project, in the Philosophy Department of King’s College London. His first teaching job was in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department at Harvard, where he was Assistant Professor (1996-2002) and then Associate Professor (2002-2004) of Islamic Intellectual History. In 2004 Wisnovsky came to McGill, where he is currently James McGill Professor of Islamic Philosophy and Director of the Institute of Islamic Studies, having served previously as Director from 2005-2008.