An Introduction to the Philosophy of the Islamic World


Residential course

Darren Harper

13 June 2022 to 15 June 2022

From £240 Non-residential fee. Residential Fees From: £358

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The classical philosophy of the Islamic world is largely an attempt to reconcile the Hellenistic philosophy of Aristotle and Plotinus with the doctrines of the Qur’an.

In this course, which focuses on the ‘Islamic Golden Age’ (750 CE to 1258 CE), we will trace the evolution of Islamic thought beginning with it’s founders, al Kindi and al Farabi, before exploring Ibn Sina and the Mind/Body problem, Ibn Rushd’s argument that philosophy and theology are not incompatible, then briefly detouring into Sufism and Rumi, and concluding with Ibn Khaldun’s philosophy of History.

Residential Fees From: £358.   Non Residential: £240

Course runs from Dinner on Monday to Lunch on Wednesday.

Tutor information

Darren Harper As an adult education tutor I focus on the areas of Philosophy, Literature and Creative Writing. I gained a 1st class honours degree in English & Creative Writing in 2012, followed by a PGCE (Lifelong Learning) in 2014 and am now undertaking a BA in Philosophy. I have taught at A Level in both English Literature and Creative Writing, and over the past two years have taught Creative Writing to undergraduates.
For several years I have been teaching around the UK delivering residential courses at Higham Hall in the Lake District, Dillington House in Somerset, Knuston Hall in Northamptonshire and the Green Park Hotel in Perthshire. More recently, I have started to offer a range of on-line courses in these subjects on my website and post frequently on my Facebook page Darren Harper Courses.
I have written theatre reviews, plays, short stories and contributed to an anthology of graphic short stories. I have also interviewed, chaired and given both talks and workshops at the Borderlines Book Festival and Hexham Book Festival. Additionally, I have given philosophy talks to U3A groups, writing workshops to writing groups and delivered CPD workshops on Stoicism.
My main interests in philosophy are political philosophy, comparative philosophy and religion, aesthetics and ethics, especially applied ethics, existentialism and Stoicism. I enjoy applying philosophical ideas to contemporary issues in an attempt to challenge ‘the tyranny of custom’.

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