Arabic Philosophy


Course Objective

Students who complete the course should have acquired a fundamental
knowledge of the main philosophical theories elaborated by the thinkers
active in the Arabic-Islamic world (including al-Kindī, al-Fārābī,
Avicenna and Averroes).
They also should have developed a general understanding of the main
issues of classical Arabic philosophy.

Course Content

The course on Arabic Philosophy (or – as we might call it from another
perspective – Arabic-Islamic Philosophy) is intended as an introduction
to the philosophical tradition of the Islamic world and its heritage in
the Latin medieval world. The time under consideration is what could be
considered the ‘classical period’ of Arabic-Islamic thought, roughly
from the 9th to the 12th century, i.e. from the era of the great
translations of Greek texts into Arabic (and the first interpretations
of the translated texts), to the philosophy of Averroes. If possible,
some attention will also be paid to subsequent developments (the
philosophical tradition of Persia, from the 10th to the 17th century).

Teaching Methods

Lectures, writing and reading assignments, discussions and active

Method of Assessment

One assignment (20%), active participation in class (10%), written exam
and, if necessary, an oral discussion of it (70%).


Primary and Secondary Literature will be indicated in due time through

Target Audience

Students of Philosophy (2nd year), but also students of Culture,
Literature, Religious studies, Theology, Politics, International
Studies, etc. can be inetersted in this course.
Attendance is highly recommended (students who cannot attend regularly
have to inform the teacher).

Additional Information

Each class (or unit) will deal with a particular aspect and /or a
particular author of the philosophical tradition in Islam (see below
‘reading assignments’ and ‘themes’), but also with the meaning of some
fundamental issues of Arabic philosophical terminology (see ‘Terms’).

Recommended background knowledge

No requirements but a general knowledge of the Islamic Culture and of
the history of ancient philosophy (Pre-Socratic Philosophy, Plato,
Aristotle and Neo-Platonism in particular) is certainly an advantage for
those who are about to attend this course. Those who have not attended a
course on these topics and/or are not familiar with them, are therefore
to read an introductory text about them (Islam and the history of
Ancient Philosophy) in addition to the primary and secondary literature
for this course (see Canvas).

General Information

Course Code W_FIL_ARP
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. O.L. Lizzini
Examiner dr. O.L. Lizzini
Teaching Staff dr. O.L. Lizzini

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture
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