Sarah De Mendonça Virgi

Universitair docent

Sarah de Mendonça Virgi is Assistant Professor for European and Islamic Philosophy at Utrecht University. Prior to this, she worked as a post-doctoral research assistant at the LMU in Munich within the framework of the project "The Heirs of Avicenna," directed by Prof. Dr. Peter Adamson. 

Her doctoral thesis, completed in 2022, dealt with the theories of the soul and spirit in philosophy of the Islamic world, with a special focus on two authors in the post-Avicennan period:  Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (d. 1111) and Fakhr al-Din al-Razi (d. 1210). She wrote her thesis within the framework of the ERC project "Animals in Philosophy in the Islamic World," also directed by Peter Adamson at the LMU.

Her research interests include ancient and medieval theories of the soul and other topics in natural philosophy, such as biology, zoology, and medicine, in both Western and non-Western traditions. She is also interested in the relationship between philosophy and theology, especially in medieval Islamicate traditions.