Philosophy Reading Group

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Philosophy Reading Group

February 14 @ 7:45 pm EST

This year, the philosophy reading group will read The Incoherence of the Incoherence. This work is an objection to an objection, and a text within a text. The core of the work is the Incoherence of the Philosophers written by Al-Ghazali. In this work, Al-Ghazali objects to the Persian philosopher, Ibn Sina, who absorbed, synthesized and revolutionized Neoplatonic and Aristotelian philosophy. In his objections, Al-Ghazali argues that Ibn Sina‰Ûªs positions are both contrary to the teachings of Islam and, well, incoherent. Al-Ghazali himself has a complicated legacy; he went on to influence both Wahhabism and Enlightenment thinkers such as David Hume. The outer text of the Incoherence of the Incoherence is Ibn Rushd‰Ûªs reply to Al-Ghazali. Ibn Rushd was both an Islamic judge and a committed Aristotelian. This commitment to Aristotle is evident in his objections to Al-Ghazali. For, he repeatedly argues that any faults that Al-Ghazali finds with the ‰Û÷philosophers‰Ûª are just Ibn Sina‰Ûªs innovations and can be neutralized by a return to a purer Aristotelianism. This work is a wonderful introduction to Arabic philosophy and all are welcome to join, regardless of their background in philosophy. You can choose to read the work in either English, Arabic or Latin.


February 14
7:45 pm