Social and Political Philosophy

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Dr. Ahmed Abdel Meguid
Department of Religion, Syracuse University

COURSE OVERVIEW

Social and Political Philosophy: What is civility and civil order? What is political philosophy? What is the essence of sovereignty?

The advent of the term ‘Human Sciences,’ Geisteswissneschaften, in the late 19th century, marked a major transformation in the history of ideas and the taxonomy of sciences. However, the emergence of this body of sciences was equally indicative of a profound crisis in the development of theories of knowledge and sciences in the Enlightenment and the post-Enlightenment eras as Wilhelm Dilthey, the leading German philosopher and one of the first to coin the term Geisteswissneschaften, and later the French philosopher Michel Foucault remarked. If this is the case and if the human sciences have become a key source for interpreting and treating most ethical, social and political problems by individuals, civil society and even governments across the world, what perspective do the Islamic sciences have to offer on such body of sciences? Could this perspective be merely a product of superficial reconciliations between classical Islamic concepts and contemporary ones as most scholars of Islam in the last century have been attempting? Or does the body of the Islamic rational sciences especially as it matured from the late 13th to the late 18th centuries offer a radically new perspective on the crisis that led to the emergence of human sciences and hence furnish a completely different foundation for a new system of humanities? This course will respond to these central questions.

COURSE CONTENT

I. Sovereignty, Governance and Legitimacy: History and Problematic Themes of Social Animality

II. Islamic Philosophy from Essentialist Metaphysics to Modal Metaphysics

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