Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

Full-Time Faculty

Seyed Mousavian, PhD.

Title/s:  Assistant Professor

Office #:  Crown Center 360

Phone: 773.508.2262



Seyed N. Mousavian joined the philosophy department Sep 2021, after completing a six-year research project (Representation and Reality: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on the Aristotelian Tradition) at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and holding the associate professorship of philosophy at the Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM), Tehran. He received his PhD in analytic philosophy from the University of Alberta, Canada and completed traditional Islamic studies at Marwī Seminary, Tehran (with distinction in classical Islamic philosophy). He specializes in philosophy of language, metaphysics, and medieval Islamic philosophy. Dr. Mousavian has published in Mind and Language, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy, Synthese, Thought, History and Philosophy of Logic, and Philosophy East and West, among other places.


University of Alberta

Research Interests

Philosophy of language, metaphysics, and medieval Islamic philosophy.

Selected Publications

Mousavian, Seyed N. (2022). “Avicenna on the Semantics of Maʿnā” In Christina Thomsen Thörnqvist and Juhana Toivanen (eds.), Forms of Representation in the Aristotelian Tradition. Volume Three: Concept Formation. Philosophia Antiqua: A Series of Studies on Ancient Philosophy. Brill, Boston. Vol 163: 95-140.

Mousavian, Seyed N. (2022). “The Varieties of Gappy Propositions.” In Chris Tillman (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Propositions. Routledge.

Mousavian, Seyed N. (2021). “Is Avicenna an Empiricist?” In Shahid Rahman, et al. (eds.) Mathematics, Logic, and their Philosophies. Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science Series. Dordrecht: Springer, 443-474.

Mousavian, Seyed N. and Mohammad Ardeshir. (2018). “Avicenna on the Primary Propositions.” History and Philosophy of Logic. Vol 39, No. 3: 201-231.

Mousavian, Seyed N. and Mohammad Saleh Zarepour. (2018). “Concept Originalism, Reference-Shift and Belief Reports.” Synthese. Vol. 195, No. 1: 269–285.

Mousavian, Seyed N. and Seyed Hasan Saadat Mostafavi. (2017). “Avicenna on the Origination of the Human Soul.” Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy. Vol. 5: 41-86.

Mousavian, Seyed N. (2017). “Ontological Trivialism? How to Meinong a Carnap-Quine.” Grazer Philosophische Studien. Vol. 94, No. 1: 38-68.

Mousavian, Seyed N. (2015). “Pragmatics of No Reference.” Mind and Language. Vol. 30, No. 1: 95-116.

Mousavian, Seyed N. (2014). “Did Suhrawardi Believe in Innate Ideas as A Priori Concepts? A Note.” Philosophy East and West. Vol. 64, No. 2: 473–480.

Mousavian, Seyed N. (2011). “Gappy Propositions?” Canadian Journal of Philosophy. Vol. 41, No. 1: 125-158.

Mousavian, Seyed N. (2010). “Neo-Meinongian Neo-Russellians.” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly. Vol. 91, No. 2: 229–259.