Course code Filz4019
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of seminars and practical work hours Number of student independent work hours
2 3 32 24 8 48
E-courses Filz4019: Arabic philosophy
Course annotation

The aim of the course is to provide a general overview of classical Arabic philosophy (IX-XVII centuries). The objectives of the course are: 1) to acquaint students with the basic concepts of Arabic philosophy; 2) to create an idea of the main problems, studied by the Arabic philosophical thought, and the solutions it proposed; 3) to acquaint with the most important Arab philosophers; 4) to develop skills of reading Arabic philosophical texts (in original and translation).

At the end of the course, the student is expected to be able to explain the meaning of the basic concepts of Arabic philosophy, to formulate the main phlosophical problems, investigated by the Arabic thought, to name the most significant Arab philosophers and briefly describe them (comparing them between themselves) and to formulate the main idea of a passage in a philosophical text.
Course plan

1.Introduction: what is Arabic philosophy L 2
2.The beginnings of the Arabic philosophy: the Qur’an and the ancient Greek thought L2
3.Arab peripateticism: Farabi and Ibn Sina L 4 S 2
4.Ishraqism: Suhrawardi and his followers L 4 S 2
5.Sufi philosophy: Ibn al-‘Arabi anf his school L 4 S 2
6.Mulla Sadra and his “transcendent philosophy” L 2 S 2
7.Moral philosophy: Miskawayh and Tusi L 2
8.Political philosophy: Ibn Khaldun L 2
9.The influence of Arabic philosophy on the development of European philosophical thought L 2

Requirements for obtaining credit points
Regular submission of homework (40 %)
Presentations at seminars (40%)
Written exam at end of the course (20 %)
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