Kaukua Jari, Professori/Professor, Oppiaineen pääedustaja/Main representative of discipline

Kaukua Jari, Professori/Professor, Oppiaineen pääedustaja/Main representative of discipline
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Areas of Interest

My main area of research is medieval philosophy, especially the Arabic philosophical and theological tradition from the eleventh century CE onwards. I have published mostly on questions of epistemology and philosophy of mind, but I also work on metaphysics, philosophical theology and ethics.

Research areas

I am currently engaged in researching the revisions that Avicenna’s Peripatetic cognitive psychology and theory of science underwent in its major twelfth century critics, such as Abū al-Barakāt al-Baghdādī, Shihāb al-Dīn al-Suhrawardī, and Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī. Closely related to this, I am conducting a broad survey of the ishrāqī tradition of commentaries on Suhrawardī. Finally, I am investigating the parallel discussions of scientific methodology and the moral worth of knowledge acquisition in the Arabic scientific literature and theoretical Sufism, respectively

The Relevance and Benefits of my Research

Research in the history of philosophy facilitates understanding the origins, preconditions and limits of beliefs that we now take for granted. Familiarity with the philosophical and theological tradition of Islam undermines both fundamentalist and Islamophobic simplifications and works to counterbalance deliberately maintained social conflicts.

Miksi tutkimukseni on tärkeää ja kenelle:

Filosofian historian tutkimus auttaa ymmärtämään oman aikamme itsestäänselvyyksien syntyä ja ennakkoehtoja. Islamin filosofisen ja teologisen perinteen tuntemus vie pohjaa niin fundamentalistisilta kuin islamofobisilta yksinkertaistuksilta ja tarkoitushakuisilta yhteiskunnallisilta vastakkainasetteluilta.