PHIL 611 - Logic and Method in Philosophy
This course introduces students to the basic concepts and methods of critical thinking and formal logic. It explores the philosophical foundations of logic and reasoning, as well as the practical application of logic to arguments encountered in ordinary life. The skills students acquire in this course are vital both to further study in philosophy and to other areas of academic work. They are also a foundation for the kinds of thinking students will have to do in their future life and career.
PHIL 612 - Topics in Islamic Philosophy
This course deals with some of the works of major Islamic philosophers such as al-Kindi, al-Farabi, Ibn Sina, and Ibn Rushd. It examines their sources and influences on medieval theology and philosophy, up until the modern era. It focuses on the humanistic trend in Arab-Islamic philosophy, especially in the writings of al-Kindi, al-Razi, Miskawayh and Ibn Hazm.
PHIL 613 - Topics in Contemporary Arab Philosophy
This course addresses some of the most prominent philosophical currents and debates that took place in the Arab world since the beginning of the twentieth century until the present day by critically reading key original texts. The main currents include neo-Thomism, Personalism, Positivism, and Existentialism. As to the contemporary debates, they revolve around issues of philosophical independence, tradition, modernity, religion, history, freedom, reason and critique. It examines influences from, and receptions of, Western and Islamic philosophy in contemporary Arab philosophy. Finally, it discusses the main challenges and promises of this philosophy.
PHIL 614 - Topics in Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
This course examines topics from the last 350 years of Western philosophy from the Renaissance to the 21st century. They include humanism, the rise of modern science, empiricism, rationalism, idealism, pragmatism, logical positivism, existentialism, and analytic philosophy. They address issues such as the nature of reality, knowledge, meaning, morality, and social justice, with an eye to contemporary philosophical discussions. The course features selected works of major philosophers such as Descartes, Locke, Spinoza, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, James, Sartre, Rawls, Foucault, Wittgenstein and Habermas.
PHIL 615 - Topics in Greek Philosophy
This course examines some of the main issues of Greek and Hellenistic philosophy, ranging from the natural philosophies to neo-Platonism. It looks at the influences of these Greek and Hellenistic philosophies in general, and Platonic, Aristotelian and Stoic philosophies, on medieval, Islamic and modern philosophy. It devotes special attention to Plato’s anthropology of the state and its modern ramifications.
PHIL 001 - Philosophical Texts in English
This course offers a linguistic-conceptual analysis of important philosophical terms, concepts, and theoretical constructs to be found in philosophical writings in the English language. Texts will be chosen from different subfields of Philosophy—Epistemology, Metaphysics, Logic, and Aesthetics. An attempt will be made to cover the different historical periods—Greek, Medieval, Islamic, Modern and Contemporary. The goal is to develop and strengthen students’ ability to handle English language materials in philosophy.
PHIL 699 Thesis (6 CHs)
This segment of the degree program aims to enable students, through research and the writing and presentation of a thesis, to demonstrate their achievement of the objectives of their study over the two years of the program, in 12,000-18,000 words.