This course will look at a selection of texts and arguments from Muslim philosophers from the 9th to 17th centuries C.E. We will consider some of the answers they offer for some of the most the basic metaphysical questions: why do entities exist and how? The traditional perspective prevalent in Western surveys of philosophy is that the contributions of medieval Muslim philosophers are little more than a footnote in the history of philosophy. This course will offer an introduction to the metaphysical thought of Islamic philosophers, contending that they offered original and creative interpretations of the oldest questions.
Enrollment is limited to 20, and is open to all students or faculty of the university.
Instructors: Arezu Riahi and Paul Anderson
Dates: 8 January to 19 January
Times: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12pm-1pm
Location: CGIS Knafel Building K107 (tentative, TBA)