Epistemology

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MAC ELEARNING | SCHOOL OF TARBIYA

Why a new approach is important for academic Muslims?

INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION
Instructor: Dr. Ahmed Abdel Meguid
Professor, Department of Religion, Syracuse University

COURSE DESCRIPTION
Epistemology is essentially a theory and fundamentally deals with:

  1. What is true knowledge (concerns identity of knowledge)
  2. What can we know (concerns various forms of knowledge and what qualifies to be described as true knowledge)
  3. How can we attain true knowledge – sources of knowledge

Professor Dr. Ahmed Abdel Meguid will clearly explain the Agrippan Trilemma, explaining the justification of knowledge and true beliefs when considering Foundationalism vs. Coherentism.

This course will also go over the agreement on two main sources of knowledge:

  1. Reason –  intellection
  2. Sensation – intuition “sense data”

Finally, the course will focus on how imagination is a source of construction of knowledge. Imagination can be tricky as it can be considered having a subordinate role in helping relate to senses, however, one of the greatest achievements was the mind’s ability to expand the role of the imagination. Many took imagination as an epistemic source, others took it as an approximation of reason, and some others have given it an important role in synthesizing ideas and constructing our knowledge of the physical reality around us – famously credited to Immanuel Kant (a future course will be entirely dedicated to him).

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