PHIL 202 - Introduction to Philosophy
Winter 2017, Section 002
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHIL 181, 182, 231, 232, 234, or 297.
Waitlist Capacity:
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course surveys philosophical thought in the Islamic world from the 9th century to the present. While many topics will be covered, the central theme is knowledge and authority. How can we come to know about God? Can education make anyone into a religious expert such as a mujtahid, or is it a matter of natural inclination or character? Alternately, should we do away with the idea of religious expertise and hierarchy altogether? Is there a limit to the application of reason - is religion an alternate mode of understanding to science, or an extension of the same project? What does a just religious institution look like, and what kind of knowledge should it produce? We'll start by looking at some of the classic texts on metaphysics and epistemology from the Islamic Golden Age by Al-Ghazali, Ibn Rushd and others. Then we'll move on to transcendentalism through the works of Mulla Sadra. The second half of the course will cover Islamic Modernist thought - readings will encompass both academic philosophy (including Al-Afghani, Muhammad Iqbal, and Amina Wadud) and philosophically-minded literature (including Naguib Mahfouz and Ibrahim Al-Koni).


PHIL 202 - Introduction to Philosophy
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001 (REC)
 In Person
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Islamic Philosophy
002 (REC)
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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