with Arabic Subtitles
This course is intended to give a broad introduction to philosophical thinking and the main questions with which the four main domains of philosophy (epistemology, metaphysics, ethics and aesthetics) have been concerned from its early emergence in Greek antiquity to the present. In this vein, the approach of the class will be both thematic and historical. On the one hand, we will try to survey and classify the key domains of philosophy and the major themes and problems with which they dealt. On the other hand, we will try to trace the developments and transformations that both philosophy and the method via which it approaches these major questions and problems have undergone.
As the course proceeds we will investigate some chief questions like: What is the value of doing philosophy and what relevance it has to our everyday life? What is the importance of studying the history of philosophy and in what way does the development and different renderings of the key philosophical questions from one to historical stage to the other reveals indicates a transformation of our view of ourselves and the world around us?
What is Philosophy? What are the Main Domains of Philosophical Thinking?
Way into the World of Plato
Aristotle’s Revolt Against Plato: Aristotle’s Unfinished Project of Empirical Essentialism
Christian Engagements with Philosophy and Philosophical Themes
Islamic Engagement with Philosophy and Philosophical Themes—General Characterizing Features
Between Averroes and al-Fārābī: Rational Pluralism, Civic Order and the Structure of the Body-Politic
The Epistemological Critique of Classical Naturalistic Metaphysics and Gender Philosophy
The Birth of Modernity and the Modern Condition: The Mechanical Worldview, Material Causality, Protestant Individualism and Representational Thinking
Kant and Post-Kantian Philosophy
Twentieth Century Philosophy and the Revived Need for Philosophy in the 21st Century
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