In reading Alfarabi carefully, all of us are going outside of our comfort zones. But we're finding a lot of Aristotle, and we're probably thinking ahead to Aquinas.
Below, I have created a presentation slide and included a page of notes and questions. When you present to others, it is best not to jam everything in, and ordinarily I wouldn't do so. But I wanted to show that Alfarabi can be made simpler and graphically understandable--albeit cluttered--in one page.
So now, without further ado, onto the most cramped graphical representation of Alfarabi yet...
Now, what if I told you that the diagram above came from these notes?
And led to these questions?
Today we're splitting into groups again in order to answer these questions for each section of the first half of Alfarabi's Book of Religion. If we are successful, we will be able to create a graphical representation like Wednesday's, and understand the main debates Alfarabi intends to start about the primacy of political science over religion, and knowledge over opinion.