The foundation of knowledge. From al-Kindī to al-Fārābī.
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Apr 9, 2017 10:00am–12:30pm
Apr 9, 2017 5:30–8:00pm
Apr 16, 2017 10:00am–12:30pm
Apr 16, 2017 5:30–8:00pm
Apr 23, 2017 10:00am–12:30pm
Apr 23, 2017 5:30–8:00pm
Apr 30, 2017 10:00am–12:30pm
Apr 30, 2017 5:30–8:00pm
May 7, 2017 10:00am–12:30pm
May 7, 2017 5:30–8:00pm
May 14, 2017 10:00am–12:30pm
May 14, 2017 5:30–8:00pm
May 21, 2017 10:00am–12:30pm
May 21, 2017 5:30–8:00pm
May 28, 2017 10:00am–12:30pm
May 28, 2017 5:30–8:00pm
Jun 4, 2017 10:00am–12:30pm
Jun 4, 2017 5:30–8:00pm
Jun 11, 2017 10:00am–12:30pm
Jun 11, 2017 5:30–8:00pm
Organized by: CILAS - Cairo Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Venue: CILAS - Cairo Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Address: 2nd. Floor, 10 Darab El-Labbana st., al-Khalifa. in front of Al-Refai mosque, Cairo, Egypt
Admission: Course cost: 1500 LE

What is the basis of knowledge? What is our first knowledge? What is the science we have to begin with and proceed to all the sciences?
The question of origin (where does it come from?) and foundation (what is it built on?) is a classical question coming from Meno(Plato’s dialogue) which had great developments in classical Arabic philosophy with a religious issue: what comes first, science or revelation?, an historical issue: how to transfer science from a learned nation to an ignorant one?, an epistemological issue: how to discover what never appears in front of our eyes? a sociological issue: everyone pretends to be a scholar, but who is a real one?, and pedagogical issue: how can we help pupils to access to a knowledge they ignore?

This course offers exploring the question of foundation of knowledge through studying Arab philosophers from al-Kindī (died before 870) to al-Fārābī (died in 950). We are used to consider them Aristotelian philosophers and rationalists defenders of prophecy, which is almost wrong. Arithmetician Pythagorean philosophers faced empiricist as logician Aristotelian thinkers. As some of them defended that prophecy is the origin of science, others that it’s an image of science, while others said that’s all fake. Philosophical activity reflected the huge diversity of the Abbasid empire. 

What to expect?
-Methodology of philosophy (what is a philosophy? what is a concept? What is a problem?)
-Methodology of philosophical texts analysis
-An insight in Classical Arabic Philosophy