POLI 4690 The Political Philosophy of Alfarabi (Spring: 3 )
In the Muslim world today, more than ever there is an effort to locate the key figures of Islamic civilization and to situate them in a contemporary context. Alfarabi (d. 950) founded the main tradition of philosophy in the Islamic world. Regarded by his successors such as Avicenna (Ibn Sina), Averroes (Ibn Rushd) and Maimonides as the "Second Teacher" or greatest philosophical figure following the death of Aristotle, Alfarabi was understood to have been the leading authority in two fields of study, namely, logic and political science. This course will involve a close reading of The Philosophy of Plato and Aristotle. No prior acquaintance with the Arabic language or Islamic philosophy is necessary.
Instructor(s): David M. DiPasquale
Last Updated: 13-Mar-15