Ibn Khaldun was a fourteenth century Muslim Arab philosopher, historian, economist, and polymath. While serving in Egypt, he composed the monumental Muqaddimah, one of the most important sociological, philosophical, histories ever written. In its pages Ibn Khaldun outlined the rise and fall of civilizations starting with asabiyyah, or group solidarity, and moving economic luxury, grandeur, decadence, and decline, before internal civil war or external invasion brings a civilization to its death. The rise and fall of civilizations are also cyclical. Throughout the work, he also reflects on the nature of economics, taxes, government, bureaucracy, war, religion, and more. In this series of online lectures, I explore and explain the philosophy of Ibn Khaldun, a man I encountered in my undergraduate studies and who remains an immense influence over my intellectual outlook today.
LECTURE ONE: INTRODUCTION TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF IBN KHALDUN
LECTURE TWO: ASABIYYAH
LECTURE THREE: THE ROLE GEOPOLITICS AND GEOGRAPHY IN CIVILIZATION
LECTURE FOUR: LAW, BUREAUCRACY, AND THE STATE
Hesiod, Paul Krause in real life, is the editor-in-chief of VoegelinView. He is writer, classicist, and historian. He has written on the arts, culture, classics, literature, philosophy, religion, and history for numerous journals, magazines, and newspapers. He is the author of The Odyssey of Love and the Politics of Plato, and a contributor to the College Lecture Today and Making Sense of Diseases and Disasters. He holds master’s degrees in philosophy and religious studies (biblical studies & theology) from the University of Buckingham and Yale, and a bachelor’s degree in economics, history, and philosophy from Baldwin Wallace University.
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