Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

PHIL 308: Islamic Philosophy

Phil 308: Islamic Philosophy

The Generic Catalog Description

This course covers the development of classical Islamic philosophy from 800 to 1200 AD. Attention will be given to the central topics (God, the cosmos, knowledge, the human good) with which Muslim philosophers were concerned and two major figures such as al-Kindi, Ibn Sina (Avicenna),  al-Ghazali and Ibn Rushd (Averroes). 

Phil 308: Islamic Philosophy

Blake Dutton 

 From approximately 800 CE to 1100 CE, the Islamic world was home to a rich tradition of philosophical inquiry that flourished under the Abbasid caliphate and that had as its center Baghdad. Like the Greeks before them, Muslim philosophers of this period explored an astonishing range of philosophical questions in such diverse areas as logic, metaphysics, cosmology, psychology, ethics and political philosophy. Unlike their Greek predecessors, however, they were concerned to give an account of the relation of (a) what is known through philosophical inquiry to (b) what is known through scripture. The way in which they carried out this task will be the overarching theme of this course. Major figures include: al-Kindi (d.870), al-Farabi (870-950), Ibn Sina (980-1037), al-Ghazali (1058-1111) and Ibn Rushd (1126-1198).