Dr. Ahmed Abdel Meguid
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Dr. Ahmed Abdel Meguid
Department of Religion, Syracuse University


The word “metaphysics” comes from two Greek words that, together, literally mean “after or behind or among [the study of] the natural”. It has been suggested that the term might have been coined by a first-century CE editor who assembled various small selections of Aristotle’s works into the treatise we now know by the name Metaphysics (meta ta physikalit. ‘after the Physics ’, another of Aristotle’s works). (Wikipedia)

Here, in this course, Dr. Ahmed Abdel Meguid reflects upon the following:

  • What is Metaphysics or Ontology?
  • Why was the question of being/existence considered the subject matter of first philosophy prima philosophia?
  • What are the most important problems of ontology?


12 Lessons3h 37m 7s

Unit 1 – Aristotle and the Problems of Defining Metaphysics

Unit 2 – Understanding Universal in Terms of Essences

Unit 3 – The Platonic Crisis of Aristotle’s Metaphysics (Part 1)

Unit 4 – The Crisis of Aristotle’s Metaphysics (Part 2)

Unit 5 – Kant and the Modern Epistemic Critique of Metaphysics

Unit 6 – The Main Achievements of Kant’s Critique of the Metaphysics (Part 1)

Unit 7 – The Main Achievements of Kant’s Critique (Part 2)

Unit 8 – Post-Kantian Metaphysics and Its Problems—Continental European Philosophy (Part 1)

Unit 9 – Post-Kantian Metaphysics and Its Problems—Analytical Anglo-American Philosophy (Part 2)

Unit 10 – Islamic Philosophy (falsafah): Al-Kindī

Unit 11 – Islamic Philosophy (falsafah): Al-Ghazālī’s Critical Synthesis

Unit 12 – Islamic Philosophy (falsafah): Averroes Reconstruction of al-Ghazālī’s Critical Synthesis

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Dr. Ahmed Abdel Meguid

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Dr. Ahmed Abdel Meguid has been an Assistant Professor of Religion at Syracuse University since 2011. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Philosophy at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, in the same year. His areas of specialization include the history of philosophy and philosophy of religion with a special focus on late 18th, 19th and early 20th-century German philosophy, as well as Islamic philosophy, theology, and mysticism. He has significantly contributed to the Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought and has also contributed to other books and articles on Islamic philosophy and political realism. He has received multiple awards and honours including the Fund for Innovative Teaching Award from Emory University in 2011.
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