Language of instruction: English
If you're based in Lebanon and are interested in joining, send me a DM on Twitter.
This course will offer an introduction to that species of philosophy generally referred to as “Islamic Philosophy”, though that label itself (as will be discussed at the outset of the course) has been debated by some as a misleading misnomer. Another general reference used by numerous scholars to refer to this branch of philosophy is “Arabic Philosophy”… though that label itself has equally been debated as a misleading misnomer.
Through a series of encounters with a number of its key figures, this course aims to provide an entry point into the rise and development of this particular species of the genus “Philosophy”, through focus on some key theoretical and practical questions tackled in its various stages of growth and spread, from the gardens of Baghdad to the fountains of Andalusia.
- First Session: “What’s in a name?”: Philosophy received and defined in the classical Islamic world – The place and role of philosophy (falsafa) according to al-Kindī and al-Fārābī
- Second Session: Speaking of things-in-themselves… in Arabic: The conscious development of an explicit philosophical Arabic language – Al Kindi’s, Farabi’s, and Ibn Sīnā’s books of definition – “Being” found in al-Kindī’s words and al-Fārābī’s letters
- Third Session: The philosophic life of the soul: The human rational soul and its stages of ‘development’ towards its excellence – Translating theoretical (philosophical) knowledge into the practical (philosophical) life: a question of ethics, illustrated by al-Kindī, al-Rāzi, and Ibn Sīnā
- Fourth Session: The impact on Western tradition
There's a link to some testimonials by people who already signed up for one or more of our courses!
All lectures will be recorded and shared with the registrants.
If you don't like what we do, I'll give you a full refund.
I mean I'd say no questions asked, but it would be too late because that's mainly what we will be doing. Ask questions.
Who we are:
I've been giving these online courses since June 2020. To date, I've had over 700 participants from around the world. If you want to read a detailed review of what the courses are like, check out what Anthony Smyrski wrote in one of his newsletter dispatches at the following link.
At first, I was using my own website to process the payments. But since I switched exclusively to Gumroad, that's exactly how much we made thus far:
The course will be taught by:
- Hani Hassan (@hanihassan26): Hani Hassan holds an MA in philosophy from AUB (thesis written on Nietzsche) and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the Lebanese University (dissertation written on Arab-Islamic Philosophy). He has been offering courses in Philosophy and Civilization Studies at AUB since 2003. His current research interests include early Arab-Islamic philosophy, with a particular focus on Al-Kindi, existentialism, and the role of language in 'shaping' the experienced world.
- Philippe Caponis (@philippecaponis): Philippe holds an MS in Physics and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Paris. He taught philosophy at the American University of Beirut and Lebanese American University. He is interested in better understanding how scientific theories illuminate (and often reshape) philosophical debates about the nature of space and time, identity and material constitution.
Here’s a talk by Philippe titled: Three Philosophical Lessons from Modern Physics:
While I will join the sessions just to ask questions and make sure no one is asleep.
- Mahmoud Rasmi (@decafquest): finished his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Salamanca Spain. Between 2013 and 2020, he taught philosophy and cultural studies at the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese American University. Now, he has decided to venture into the virtual world in order to give affordable classes online to people who are interested in studying philosophy in a non-academic setting.
Here’s a sample class on Stoicism from an Introduction to Philosophy online course:
Dates and Schedule:
- 4 weeks, once a week, 2 hrs per session.
- The course will start on Tuesday, September 6, and will end on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.
- Course Schedule: Tuesdays at 7:00 pm CET time (Central European Time).
- Synchronous online course via Zoom.
- Asynchronous: if you can't attend, you will have the option to watch the recorded lectures.
- Price: USD150$
- Capacity: 35 seats
You will receive the link to the sessions a few days before the course starts.
Since we are not an institution, you will not be able to claim credits for the course. Many of you might also already be busy with your jobs and daily routine; as a result, we won’t be assigning any homework, exams, or papers. However, if any of you wishes to be assessed on the course material covered, we can arrange for the proper method and format in private.
The sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the DecafQuest YouTube channel as hidden. The links will be made available to those registered.
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A pdf including course details.