PELLA – Terence J. Kleven, Jacob and Gela Schnucker Sessler Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Central College, received a Fulbright US Scholar Scholarship to conduct research on Arab political philosophy at the University of Jordan in Amman, in Jordan, September 7 to September 31. 1st 2021 to 30 June 2022.
Alfarabi (died 950 AD) is an understanding thinker, philosopher, jurist, scientist, mathematician, musician, and Muslim theologian, who has greatly influenced Eastern and Western thought.
He almost single-handedly revived the classical Greek philosophical rationalism of Plato, Aristotle and Galen. It is only in the last 50 years that more precise studies of Alfarabi’s treatises have shown the misunderstandings of Greek and Arab philosophy perpetuated in the Enlightenment and in more recent scientific accounts formulated by schools in the positivism, empiricism or postmodernism.
The consequence of these recent accounts of science has been the construction of a more limited and fragile science than that found in classical philosophical science. Alfarabi’s work shows how classical Greek political philosophy offers an alternative to the crisis that exists in recent skeptical accounts of political thought, ethics, and faith.
His account of the relationship between reason and faith is exemplary in its respect and promulgation of both science and religious faith.
“The aim of this research is to enrich our understanding of modern political philosophy through a study of classical Greek and Arab political philosophy, particularly in how it relates science to political thought and theology of today, ”Kleven said. “This project involves the recovery of the whole range and the integration of what we today call the liberal arts in order to foster an intellectual renewal of our teaching programs.”
Kleven has received more than two dozen international, national and regional awards, scholarships and grants. This Fulbright scholarship is the second Kleven has received. His first Fulbright was at the Louis Pouzet Center for Classical and Medieval Studies at the Oriental Library of the University of Saint Joseph, Beirut, Lebanon.
In 2001, he also received the Carnegie Foundation’s Iowa Teacher of the Year Award for Advancement in Teaching. He also received a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship at the American Research Center in Cairo.
As a Fulbright Fellow, Kleven will share his knowledge and foster meaningful connections between communities in the United States and Jordan.
Fulbrighters engage in cutting-edge research and expand their professional networks, often pursuing research collaborations started abroad and laying the groundwork for forging future partnerships between institutions.
Back in their institutions, laboratories and classrooms in the United States, they share their stories and often become active supporters of international exchange, inviting foreign scholars to campus and encouraging their colleagues and students to go abroad. .
As former Fulbright Scholar Fellows, their careers are enriched by joining a network of thousands of esteemed scholars, many of whom are leaders in their fields. Fulbright alumni include 60 Nobel Prize winners, 88 Pulitzer Prize winners and 39 who have served as heads of state or government.
The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is supported by people in the United States and partner countries around the world.
The Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce that 2021 marks the program’s 75th anniversary. Celebrations throughout the year will highlight the impressive accomplishments and legacy of the program and its alumni over its first 75 years, in the United States and around the world.
Since 1946, the program has offered more than 400,000 participants from more than 160 countries the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and help find solutions to common international problems. .
The main source of funding for the program is an annual credit granted by the United States Congress to the Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.
Participating governments and host institutions, businesses, and foundations in foreign countries and the United States also provide direct and indirect support. The program offers approximately 470 teaching, research or combination teaching / research scholarships in over 125 countries.