Admission to this course is restricted to:
BA students in Philosophy/Filosofie (see requirements below).
Pre-master’s students in Philosophy who are in possession of an admission statement, and for whom this course is part of their programme.
BA students enrolled in the Global and Comparative Perspectives track must have successfully completed their first year, and also completed at least 10 EC’s of the mandatory components of the second year, including Language of Thought, and Concepts of Selfhood.
Students enrolled in the BA Filosofie must have successfully completed their first year, and at least 10 EC's of the mandatory components of their second year, including Comparative Philosophy, and Philosophy of Mind or Philosophy of Language. In addition, students must have completed the course World Philosophies: Middle East
Avicenna stands tall as one of most profound philosophical minds in medieval philosophy. Many centuries passed after the composition of Aristotle’s Metaphysics before metaphysical works of similar size and ambition were written in the Peripatetic tradition. In terms of comprehensiveness, systematic effort, and influence, Avicenna’s metaphysical writings are arguably more important than Aristotle. The present course explores in some detail the main contours of Avicennan metaphysics and its reception in three different culture: Arabic, Hebrew, and Latin.
Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:
demonstrate familiarity with some of the major philosophical-metaphysical traditions in the medieval period;
critically reflect on, distinguish between, and examine key varieties and aspects of philosophical argumentation;
exhibit the analytic skills necessary to comprehend the relevance of the past to their understanding of the present, while becoming more familiar with their own assumptions and values;.
acquire a set of reading and discussion skills that allow them to engage texts and others in an informed and conscientious manner.
The timetable is available on the following website(s):
BA Filosofie: Filosofie, BA3 – BA Plus-traject or Standaardtraject
Mode of instruction
Class attendance is required.
Total course load: 10EC x 28 hours = 280 hours
- Attending lectures: (13 weeks x 3 hours): 39 hours
Further calculation of the course load to be annpounced.
To be announced.
Blackboard will be used for:
Posting of links for readings
Extra class discussions
D. Gutas, Avicenna and the Aristotelian Tradition: Introduction to Reading Avicenna’s Philosophical Works (Leiden, 2014)
J. Janssens, and D. De Smet (eds.), Avicenna and His Heritage (Leuven, 2002)
J. McGinnis, Avicenna (Oxford, 2010)
R. Wisnovsky,* Avicenna’s Metaphysics in Context* (Ithaca, N. Y., 2003)
P. Adamson (ed.), Interpreting Avicenna: Critical Essays (Cambridge, 2013)
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