National Conference on Philosophy-Science Interface


National Conference on Philosophy-Science Interface: Key Issues & Texts 
April 20-22, 2017
Department of Ilmul Advia, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
Co-Sponsor: Centre for Studies and Research (CSR), Hyderabad
We are happy to announce that a “National Conference on Philosophy-Science Interface: Key Issues and Texts”, will be held at the Department of Ilmul Advia, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh on 20-22 April, 2017.  
The Conference will undertake a rigorously perspectivized survey of key texts, to take ahead the inter-disciplinary process of Philosophy-led critiquing and optimization of contemporary Learning, Sciences and Disciplines which was introduced at the National Workshop on Fundamental Issues in Knowledge and its Acquisition (FIKA), held at the Department of Ilmul Advia, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh in March 2015. (FIKA Report, FIKA Resolutions and FIKA Synopsis are available on this website.)  
The Department of Ilmul Advia has developed expertise in restated Traditional Philosophy (Falsafa), engaged with Modern Philosophy and Science, to guide the advancement of Unani Medicine.  Since, this plenary Philosophy –Traditional Trans-material Philosophy engaged with Positivist Modern Philosophy – is also being demanded for the optimization of modern natural and human sciences, the Department launched a wide inter-disciplinary process of introducing and linking plenary Philosophy to various Disciplines initiated by FIKA. This unique achievement draws on the commitment of Indian Society and State, in general, and, of Aligarh Muslim University, in particular, to modulate and integrate ‘Modernity’ with Tradition. 
The Conference will include Lectures and Papers. The Lectures will focus on issues, while Papers may focus on issues or texts. As obvious, teachers and students from all disciplines can participate in the Seminar. However, Philosophy, Unani Medicine, other Traditional Medicines, Western Medicine, Islamic Studies, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Education, History and Literature are most close to this exercise. 
In light of the extended role of Philosophy in Traditional Medicines, which being Trans-material are directly derived from it, a Symposium on Comparative Philosophy of Traditional and Western Philosophy will also be held.  
A synopsis and list of correlated topics and texts expected to be covered in the Seminar are given below. The texts may be introduced or reviewed in the perspective of relevant issues. The aim is to survey existing knowledge on Philosophy based critique and optimization of contemporary Learning.  
The FIKA Resolutions, FIKA Synopsis and FIKA Report of FIKA, as well as, other texts present on this website, should also be consulted to clarify the perspective in which the texts are to be introduced or reviewed. Other relevant topics and texts may also be discussed.  
To keep the exercise fully interactive, the Conference will include only 50 delegates. All possible assistance will be provided for travel and hospitality. 
You are most cordially invited to send the topic and synopsis for your proposed Paper, along with the Registration Form. The accepted topics will have to be followed by an Abstract. You may also send request for participation without contributing Paper. 
 Looking forward to having you with us at the Conference,


Organizing Secretary 

Professor Kunwar Mohammad Yusuf AminDr. Abdul Majid Khan

Department of Ilmul Advia

            Department of Islamic Studies 

Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh-202002, India.
Co-Sponsor: Centre for Study and Research (CSR), Hyderabad.
The increasing aridity and impasses of Learning and, the snow-balling civilizational and natural crises, are all calling for a fundamental critique of Learning. 
Sciences, Natural and Human, Modern and Traditional, can be characterized, critiqued and optimized only by a Philosophy geared to entire Reality: Sensory, Supra-Sensory, Transcendental; and, obtained by an equally integral method constituted of intellection, ratiocination and observation.
 This type of Philosophy exists in a fully expressed form only as Traditional Philosophy: Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Scholastic, Greek, Far Eastern etc. But faint and louder echoes exist in the otherwise materialistic post-renaissance western civilization also, such as, Metaphysical Poets, Romanticism, New England Transcendentalism, Trans-Modernism etc.
Fortunately, this type of plenary Philosophy has also found  expression in a newly emerging meta form of all Traditional Philosophies, correlated with Modern Philosophy, thanks mainly to Guenon, Coomaraswamy, Schuon, SH Nasr, Huston Smith etc. This meta-form is rather an epiphenomenon of a more basic exercise, namely, a contemporary restatement of various Traditional Philosophies by the same thinkers.
While this plenary Philosophy is emerging in a topical form engaged with present times by the continuing restatement of Traditional Philosophies and their correlation with modern philosophy and issues, critical mass has been generated to start applying this plenary Philosophy towards the critique and optimization of contemporary Learning.
The Department of Ilmul Advia, developing this type of Philosophy for its own specific need of guiding the advancement of Trans-Material Unani Medicine in a Positivist environment, was naturally the first to recognize and interact with this globally emerging discourse.
The National Workshop on Fundamental Issues in Knowledge and its Acquisition (FIKA) held at the Department in March 2015, summarized and rounded off this emerging plenary Philosophy, mainly in relation to the task of critiquing and optimization of contemporary Learning, Sciences and Disciplines (Resolutions & Report enclosed). 
FIKA, pressing plenary Philosophy to the critique of contemporary Learning and Sciences in a general manner, was obliged to be synoptic. This had to be followed by more detailed consideration of the premises and points of that dialectic. 
The National Seminar on Philosophy-Science Interface: Key Issues and Texts (T-PhiSci), a survey of existing knowledge of the area, is being undertaken as the first logical step in Philosophy-based critique of contemporary Learning. 
The survey will take the form of reviewing texts in the perspective of key issues.
The area covered will be Philosophy-based critique of Learning, Sciences and Disciplines. 
This will then include not Philosophy or the Sciences, as such, but (i) the most general aspects of Philosophy, (ii) the general aspects of  Learning and Natural and Human Sciences and (iii) those parts of Philosophy which relate to Learning in general and to Natural and Human Sciences. The history of various developments, wherever useful for understanding them, will also be included.
So, it will include the most basic levels , and mutual interfaces, of Metaphysics, Cosmology, Philosophic  Anthropology and Psychology, Philosophic part of Traditional Medicines, particularly of Unani Medicine, Ethics, Philosophy of Nature, Philosophy of Art, Philosophic  aspects of Sociology, Politics, Economics, Islamic Studies, Education, Literary Theory and Criticism etc. Philosophic aspects of Theology, History, Law, Mathematics etc will, in all probability, have to be deferred for the future.
Since, Traditional Medicines (TMs), including Unani Medicine, are derived from Philosophic Cosmologies, so, plenary Philosophy is needed not only for general characterization of TMs but also for correctly understanding and applying to Health-care, their supra-material patho-physiological principles, qualitative and subjective diagnostic parameters and holistic and natural therapeutic interventions.
Secondly, since, current Health-care is determined by materialistic western medicine, comparative philosophy of traditional and western medicine is needed to find elements from modern science that are appropriate to trans-material TMs and determine the proper place of these modern elements within the TMs.
So, the Conference will include a Symposium on Comparative Philosophy of Traditional and Western Medicine.
Key Issues & Texts
i.The texts have been placed against that issue or issues, to whom they are most closely related. However, they may include other issues also. So, the texts may be introduced / reviewed with respect to all issues covered by them, or, only with respect to those issues against whom they have been put in the following list.
ii.The texts available with the Organisers may be provided on request by e-mail 
S.No Issues Texts
1 Modern & Traditional Philosophy, particularly Metaphysics dition-and-philosophy-modern-times 

-www.muslimphilosophy. com/kalin/The%20Sacred%20versus%20the%20Secular.doc

Muslim Philosophy

Nasr: YMGMW*, pp. 75-84

Western Philosophy

Nasr: YMGMW*, pp. 149-151, 155-162, 177-180 

2 Relation of Revelation and Religion to Philosophy

Amin: Phil Rel 

3 Philosophy of Religion

Nasr: Ess Nasr, pp. 21-28

Amin: Phil Rel  

4 Basic Issues in Religion-Philosophy Relation: Need for complementing Theology by Philosophy in any religious universe; Nature of Religion-Philosophy Relation: Interaction of Revelation and Intellection, Interaction of a Revelation with Learning of previous and parallel Traditions, the required type of Exegesis, etc.

Amin: Phil Rel 

5 Traditional Philosophies: Islamic, Hindu, Scholastic, Greek, Far- Eastern: Restatement; Unity in Diversity, Correlation & Meta-Language.

Nasr: Isl Mod World pp.110-113

Amin: Phil Types Hist 

6 Some basic differences of Modern & Traditional Philosophy and Sciences: Unique and Exclusivist / Unified and Pluralist; Only Discursive / Discursive + Symbolical, etc.


Nasr: Isl Mod World pp.165-187 

Amin: Phil Types Hist


 Nasr: Rel Nat pp.126-129 

7 Traditional Islamic Philosophy: Unity, Morphological & Chronological Variety and Islamic Status of various Types.

Nasr: Isl Phil pp.1-48

Nasr: YMGMW* pp.75-84

Amin: Phil Types Hist 

8 Fashioning Academic Courses of Traditional Philosophy: To be based on a particular Tradition: Islamic, Hindu etc; Other Traditional Philosophies be appended and correlated; Correlation & Application to issues in Modern Philosophy and Thought. Nasr: Isl Mod World pp.165-187
9 Symbolism & Symbolic Language

Guenon: Intro Doct O, pp. 130-136

Nasr Isl Mod World pp. 165-187 

10 History of Philosophy: Transcendentalist (Traditional Philosophies), Positivist (Materialist Western Modern Philosophy), Para-Positivist (Non-Materialist Western Modern Philosophy), Re-emergent Transcendentalist / Perennialist Philosophy, etc.

Amin: Phil Types Hist

Nasr: Isl Mod World pp. 165-187

Nasr: Rel Nat, pp.100-113

Nasr: Isl Mod World pp.362-376 

11 Non-Materialist Reading of Ancient Greek Philosophy Nasr: Isl Mod World pp. 165-187

(i)Emergence of Positivist / Materialist Philosophy: Res Cogitans & Res Extensae / Primary and Secondary Qualities - From Descartes to Darwin & Logical Positivists, Post-Modernist Version 

(ii)Para-Positivist Philosophy: Romanticism, Transcendentalism, Hermeticism, Trans-Modernism, Reemergent Transcendentalist Philosophy: Guenon, Coomaraswamy, Schuon, Burckhardt, Lings, SH Nasr etc 

(i)Nasr: Rel Nat pp., 102-102; 130-133; 139-140

Smith: Quantum Enigma, pp. 7-9

Nasr: Isl Mod World pp. 165-187 

Nasr: Rel Nat pp.100-103 

(ii) Nasr: Isl Mod World pp. 165-187 

Nasr: Rel Nat pp.,147-153

Nasr: Isl Mod World, pp.361-402 

13 Various approaches to the Meaning of Modern Science in the Islamic World
14 Modern Quantitative Science: Progress or Compensation

Lings: The Eleventh Hour

Amin: Quant Sci 


Degrees or Levels of Being

(Darajat al Wujud) 

Schuon: Dim Isl pp.142-158
16 Knowledge; Types of Knowledge: Qualitative, Quantitative etc ; Means of acquiring various types of Knowledge Amin: Knowledge
17 Symbolism or Symbolical Language of Knowledge

Guenon: Intro Doct H, 130-137

Nasr, Isl Mod World, p.434 

18 The Islamic & Hindu approach to Reality
19 The correct meaning of Transcendence, the Absolute, Infinity, Eternity etc Eternity: Guenon: Mult St: pp.7-12
20 The difference between Intellection and Ratiocination Eternity: Guenon: Mult St: pp.7-12
21 Changes with the March of Time: Evolution/Progress or Regression/Decadence

Lings: The Eleventh Hour

 Amin: Time Resp

22 The basic cosmic & psychic change in contemporary times: Increase of ‘the Individual’ and receding of ‘the Universal’: the response of Modern West (European Renaissance), Islam & Earlier TraditionsAmin: Time Resp
23 Metaphysics

H Smith: Post-Mod Mind, p. 36-49

Guenon: Intro Doct H, pp. 108-120 

24 Cosmology & Philosophy of Nature Nasr: Man Nat, pp. 81-143

Philosophy of Psychology

H Smith: Post-Mod Mind, pp. 49-51

Amin: Phil Psych 

26 Extended role of Philosophy in Traditional Medicines (TMs): Philosophic Perspective of TMs, Philosophic Principles of TMs and the relation of Clinical Parameters, Practice and Effects of TMs, to their Philosophic Principle

Nasr: Intro Cosmo, pp. 251-260

Guenon: Intro Orient, pp.179-197 

27 Philosophy of Art

Nasr: Isl Art Sp: pp.3-16, 195-202 

Nasr: YMGMW, pp. 103-115 & 217-228

Coomar: Fig Sp: pp.9-103 

Coomar: Christ Orient: pp.7-16 


*Nasr’s  Young Muslim’s Guide to Modern World gives an easier presentation and may be Reviewed / Introduced by Beginner Students. 


Key to Abbreviations

1.Nasr, Isl Mod World: SH Nasr, Islam in the Modern World.

2.Nasr, Isl Phil: SH Nasr, Islamic Philosophy from its Origin to the Present.

3.Nasr, YMGMW: SH Nasr, A Young Muslim’s Guide to the Modern World.

4.Nasr, Rel Nat: SH Nasr Religion and the Order of Nature

5.Nasr, Man Nat: SH Nasr, Man and Nature

6. Nasr, Into Cosmo: SH Nasr, An Introduction to Islamic Cosmological Doctrines

7.Nasr Isl Art: SH Nasr, Islamic Art and Spirituality

8.Chittick : Ess Nasr: WC Chittick, The Essential Seyyed Hussein Nasr

9.Schuon, Dim Isl: F Schuon, Dimensions of Islam

10.Schuon, Logic Trans: F Schuon, Logic and Transcendence

11.Nasr, Ess Schuon: SH Nasr, The Essential Writings of F Schuon.

12.Guenon, Mult St: R Guenon, The Multiple States of Being

13.Guenon: Intro Doct O: R Guenon, Introduction to the Study of the Oriental Doctrines             

14.Guenon: Intro Doct H: R Guenon, Introduction to the study of Hindu Doctrines

15.Martin Lings: The Eleventh Hour

16.Coomar: Christ Orient: AK Coomaraswamy, Philosophy of Christian and Oriental Art

17.Coomar: Fig Sp: AK Coomaraswamy, Figures of Speech or Figures of Thought.

18.W Smith: Quantum Enigma: Wolfgang Smith, The Quantum Enigma

19.H Smith: Post-Mod Mind: Huston Smith, Beyond the Post-Modern Mind.

20.Amin, Knowledge: Yusuf Amin, Knowledge: Its Types and Criteria 

21:Amin, Time Resp: Yusuf Amin, Time-related Changes and Response of Various Human Collectivities

22.Amin, Phil Rel: Yusuf Amin, Philosophy and Religion

23.Amin, Phil Psych: Yusuf Amin, Philosophy of Psychology

24. Amin, Phil Types His: Yusuf Amin: Philosophy: Its Types and History

25.Amin, Quant Sci: Yusuf Amin: Quantitative Science 

Texts for Review
  1.  Seyyed Hossein Nasr- Islamic Art and Spirituality (1987)
  2. Seyyed Hossein Nasr - Man and Nature, The Spiritual Crisis of Modern Man (1991) (Scan, OCR)
  3. Seyyed Hossein Nasr - Religion and the Order of Nature, The 1994 Cadbury Lectures at the University of Birmingham (1996)
  4. Seyyed Hossein Nasr - Traditional Islam in the Modern World (1987)
  5. Rene Guenon-Introduction to the Study of the Hindu Doctrines (1945.)
  6. Rene Guenon- The Multiple States of the Being Guenon 2001
  7. Frithj of Schuon-Dimensions of Islam-Suhail Academy Lahore Pakistan (1985)
  8. Frithjof Schuon, Logic and Transcendence.
  9. Seyyed Hossein Nasr-The Essential Frithjof Schuon-World Wisdom (2005)
  10. Huston Smith-Beyond the Pos tmodern Mind_The Place of Meaningina Global Civilization-Quest Books(2003)
  11. Indian Theory of Five Elements


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