PHIL 611 Logic and Method in Philosophy
The course aims to study the method(s) of philosophical research, based on the concepts and mechanisms of analysis provided to us by modern logic. The course begins with an introduction to the main concepts of logic and introduces students to the science of logic method in analyzing language and building proofs.
PHIL 001 Philosophical Texts in English
This course deals with a number of terms, concepts and basic issues through philosophical texts in English. Texts that represent different fields of philosophical thought are selected from the historical eras recognized in the history of philosophy (Greek, medieval, Islamic, modern, and contemporary). The course aims to develop students' ability to study research papers and books published in English, due to their importance in broadening research horizons through openness to global thought in the philosophical field.
PHIL 613 Philosophy of Democracy and Human Rights
This course examines the multiple and interrelated relationships between the concept(s) of democracy and the concept(s) of human rights. The course discusses the most prominent democracy concepts, including the different conceptions, such as those referred to as liberal democracy, consultative democracy, participatory democracy and radical democracy. It also examines various theories, perceptions and concepts of human rights, outlining their scope and philosophical foundations. In so doing, the course keeps in mind the conversions of concepts and assumptions used in the relevant debates, as well as the related tensions, dilemmas, and prospects for possible solutions.
PHIL 614 Issues in Modern and Contemporary Western Philosophy
Two important issues of Modern Philosophy will be examined in this course: the issue of freedom and the issue of equality. The aim will be to study the aspects of the relationship between two basic values of the modern era that determined the position of man in the world, his conception of himself and his relationship with the other, whether this other is the absolute transcendent or other human selves. This course will address this relationship according to the formulas it adopted in the various philosophies of modernity and contemporary times, whether in terms of communication and coexistence, where the presence of one party is a cause for the existence of the other, or in terms of separation and disharmony, where the fulfillment of the requirement of one party is always at the expense of meeting the requirements of the other party.
PHIL 615 Issues in Greek Philosophy
The course's lectures deal with the careful consideration of the main issues in Greek philosophy. They are concerned with the consideration, analysis, understanding, discussion and evaluation of the philosophies that had the greatest impact in shaping the human “philosophical lesson” in later ages, especially the Platonic, Aristotelian and Stoic.
PHIL 616 Philosophy of Ethics and Justice
In this course, we present an introduction to the philosophy of ethics as it developed in the modern context, from Kant, through Hegel and Nietzsche, to Adorno and Levinas. We firstly address the Kantian conception of Kantian morality, which is based on duty, and secondly, the criticism of Kantian morality with Hegel, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, before, thirdly, we start to address “Philosophy of ethics as a first philosophy;” by this, I mean especially Adorno’s “negative controversy” and criticizing the ideology of identity, and the ethics of Levinas that are based on a critique of freedom, as it was founded by Western philosophy in its various trends.
Through this course, students will be able to identify the various ethical trends in modern and contemporary philosophy. They will also learn, through Theodor Adorno and his discussion of pain and injustice, or Levinas and his criticism of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger, and look into Sartre's conception of subjectivism, about the pathologies of modernity and its deviations towards the “universal.”
PHIL 617 Contemporary Arab Political Thought
This course aims to present a number of central issues in modern and contemporary Arab political thought for critical discussion by studying some of the foundational texts of this thought. The course consists of two main parts: The first part is concerned with placing these issues in the broader context of modern and contemporary Arab thought, and a second part is concerned with some central concepts in Arab political thought.
PHIL 618 Western Social Philosophy
This course provides an introduction to social philosophy and defines its concept, history and relationship with sociology on the one hand, and opens up to its multiple treatments of different social problems on the other hand. Starting from the contribution of the well-known American philosopher John Dewey, special emphasis will be placed on the following issues (1) the distinction between science and social philosophy, (2) the relation of social philosophy to action and social activism, and (3) the question of normativity vs description of social phenomena.
PHIL 619 Modern and Contemporary Political Philosophy
This course aims to present the concept of the modern state in terms of a nation-state that provides a human society framework that is distinct from the one provided historically by the city-state, the tribal-state, or the imperial-state. It seeks to highlight the formative differences between the modern state and the state in its ancient forms, by considering two central concepts that have become inherent to the idea of the state in modern and contemporary times, which are: Sovereignty and legality. Although they are old, these two concepts have undergone re-melting and formulation in philosophy and in modern and contemporary political thought to make them able to express the transforming reality of the modern state.
PHIL 699 Philosophy Dissertation
The Dissertation reflects a cumulative, complex achievement, building on the knowledge and skills acquired over a long course of study. Each student has a supervisor that accompanies her/him during the different phases of the thesis. Beginning in the second semester, students choose a research topic and embark on preparing a research design for the thesis. By working independently, completing the research project, and submitting the thesis, students develop and enhance their critical and reflective capacities, enabling them to engage with the social and cultural realties around them.