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Lehrveranstaltungen Sommermester 2016

Seminar und Lektürekurs

The Contemporary Metaphysics Debate: A Survey Course

Do. 16:00 bis 18:00 c.t. woch 21.04.2016 bis 14.07.2016 Geschw.-Scholl-Pl. 1 (B) - B 011

ACHTUNG: Beginnt am 21.04.2016!

The course provides an introduction to major issues in the contemporary metaphysics debate, including the metaphysical status of universals, the constitution of concrete particulars, the problem of persistence through change, ontologies of time, as well as different views about causation, determinism, and free will. No prior background is required from participants in the seminar. Each subject is approached through a representative selection of readings from latest trends in the literature, as a way to bring out the density, diversity, and vitality of the debate in its concrete instances and the various voices that constitute its texture. As direct engagement with the literature in its various nuances progresses, also a systematic attempt will be made to chart and neatly demarcate the bare bones of overall strategies adopted, and positions held, so as to enable further orientation in the field.
Voraussetzungen: Knowledge of English
Leistungsnachweis: seminar paper OR (presentation(s)+essay/record), according to the lecturer's specification

Anmeldung: Muss zwischen dem 29.03. und dem 04.04.2016 über das LSF-System priorisiert belegt werden.


Gems of “Eastern Wisdom”: The Conquest of Knowledge in Ibn Ṭufayl’s Alive, Son of the Awake

Mi. 18:00 bis 20:00 c.t. woch 13.04.2016 bis 13.07.2016 Leopoldstr. 13,H1 - 1208

ACHTUNG: Beginnt am 20.04.2016!

The Spanish philosopher Muḥammad Ibn Ṭufayl (Abubacer, d. 1185) promises to disclose “the secrets of the Eastern wisdom” by firing up its seekers with “a brief glimpse of the road that lies ahead.” What he provides is a brilliant, superbly crafted tale recounting the story of a self-taught philosopher by the suggestive name of “Alive, Son the Awake” who, by the sole use of natural reason, arrives at the loftiest truths about the world, the self, and God. Alive, Son the Awake constitutes a pocket exposition of all of Graeco-Arabic philosophy, clothed in an exquisite virtuoso piece of artistic writing that is addressed to the general public as much as professional philosophers and literati. At the same time, the novel draws a rich tapestry of Islamic culture and society at the crucial space/time coordinates of its encounter with the West. The course addresses the various layers that constitute the story of Alive through reading and analysis, situating the work and problematique in its historical and philosophical context.
Voraussetzungen: Knowledge of English
Leistungsnachweis: term paper OR (presentation(s)+essay/record), according to the lecturer's specification (= BA and general MA program in philosophy); equivalent forms of assessment by arrangement [9 ECTS-points]
Anmeldung: (LSF) pre-registration is not necessary

Materialien: Ibn Tufayl's Hayy Ibn Yaqzan, trans. Goodman.pdf;


Arabic Seminar: Ibn Ṭufayl, Ḥayy b. Yaqẓān fī asrār al-ḥikma al-mašriqiyya (Alive, Son of the Awake: On the Secrets of Eastern Wisdom)

Mi. 10:00 bis 12:00 c.t. woch 20.04.2016 bis 13.07.2016 Amalienstr. 73/room 103

ACHTUNG: Beginnt am 20.04.2016!

Reading of Ibn Ṭufayl’s Alive, Son of the Awake (Ḥayy b. Yaqẓān) in the original language. In addition to being a savourous philosophical summa, Alive, Son of the Awake is a sophisticated essay—somewhat unparalleled in Arabic philosophical literature—in Classical Arabic aesthetics of belles lettres and ornate prose (adab). Therefore, direct engagement with the original text is particularly beneficial to the full enjoyment of both its literary qualities and its many content-related nuances and overtones. Participants in the class must have intermediate or higher-level knowledge of Classical Arabic and the fundamental principles governing its phonology, morphology, and syntax. The course is designed as a complement to the Hauptseminar Gems of “Eastern Wisdom”: The Conquest of Knowledge in Ibn Ṭufayl’s Alive, Son of the Awake, but it may be taken also independently.
Voraussetzungen: Knowledge of English and Classical Arabic (intermediate or advanced)

Materialien: Ibn Tufayl, Hayy b. Yaqzan, ed. Amin.pdf;