Jari Kaukua


Prof. Dr.
Principal Investigator

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.

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.


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