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Department of Philosophy

University of Peradeniya

PHY 208 - Medieval & Islamic Philosophy

Student is made aware of the scope and nature of medieval and Islamic philosophy. The synthesis between Hellenistic thought and Christian faith. An examination of the major contributions of Islamic thinkers to the sphere of philosophy. Coexistence between Greek love of wisdom and the philosophical categories developed by Muslim philosophers.

Course content:

  • The sources and aims of medieval Philosophy
  • Hellenistic thought and Christian and Judaic faith
  • The age of St.Augustime, St. Anselem and Aquinas
  • Economics, Politics and Religion, Science Vs Religion
  • The beginning of Islamic Philosophy
  • Helenism and Islamic Philosophy
  • Coeistence between Greek Philosophy the philosophical categories developed by Muslim philosophers such as: Al-Kindi, Al-Farabi, Ibnu-Sina, Ibn Al-Haitham, Al-Ghazali and Ibnu Khaldun

Reading List
1. Schmitt, C.B., Skinner, Q., The Cambridge History of Renaissance Philosophy Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1992.
2. Evans, G.R., Philosophy and Theology in the middle Ages, London, 1993.
3. Mayer, F.A., A History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Newyork, 1950.
4. De Boer, T.J., The History/ Philosophy in Islam, London 1967.
5. Sharif, M.M.(Ed), A History of Muslllim Philosophy, 2 vols, Wiesbaden Otto Harrassowitz, 1963.