Alparslan Acikgenc was born in Erzurum, Turkey in 1952. After completing the early education, he received a B.A. degree at Ankara University, School of Theology in 1974.
Received his M.A. at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1977); Ph. D. at The University of Chicago in 1983; he taught at the Middle East Technical University, Department of Philosophy until 1994. Between 1991 and 1993 Açıkgenç was visiting professor at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He joined and taught at ISTAC as Professor of Philosophy from 1995 until 1999. In 1998 he was visiting professor at The University of Jordan, Department of Philosophy, Amman.
Then he joined Fatih University as professor of philosophy, where he served also as Deputy Rector and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (1999-2010)
Acikgenc is presently Director of postgraduate studies at Yildiz Technical University. He is actively involved in community services and has done research on religious communities in Turkey.
Acikgenc is a member of Turkish Academy of Science (TUBA) and Turkish Philosophical Association and also the Co-President of Asian Philosophical Association (www.asianpa.net) At the same time he is member of the Executive Board of Milel and Nihal Association for Intellectual Platform, Culture and Education (http://www.milelvenihal.org/)
He wrote a number of books and articles, a brief list is below:
Some of his Books:
- Bilgi Felsefesi, (Philosophy of Knowledge) in Turkish (İstanbul, 1992, 2002);
- Scientific Thought and its Burdens (İstanbul: Fatih Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2000).
- Science and Knowledge in Islamic Civilization (İstanbul: İslam Araştırmaları Merkezi, 2007).
- Islamic Scientific Thought in History (Kuala Lumpur: IKIM, 2012).
Some of his articles:
- “The Konya School of Philosophy as a Historical Framework of Ottoman Thought”, Al-Shajarah: Journal of ISTAC 17 (2012), 1-23.
- “Inculcating Creativity and Innovation: A Plan of Action for Muslim Educational Systems”, Tafhim: IKIM Journal of Islam and Contemporary World 4 (2011), 1-27.
- “Development of Islamic Education in the Ottoman Period”, Al-Shajara: Journal of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (JISTAC) 15 (2010), 1-27.
- “Kant and Ghazali on Human Nature: A Comparative Philosophy of Man”, Knowledge, Language, Thought and the Civilization of Islam: Essays in Honor of Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas, ed. Wan Mohd Nor Wan Daud and Muhammad Zainiy Uthman (Kuala Lumpur: Penerbit UTM, 2010), 163-197.
- “The Doctrine of Contradiction in the Hegelian Dialectic”, Journal of Human Sciences, O.D.T.Ü. 2 (1985);
- “Kalkınmada Öncelikli Bilgi: Kalkınma Felsefesi” (Philosophy of Development) in Turkish, Millî Kültür, 76 (1990);
- “The Thinker of Islamic Revival and Reform: Fazlur Rahman’s Life and Thought (1919-1988)”, İslami Araştırmalar (Journal of Islamic Research), 4: 4 (1990).
- “Transcendent Rationality, Ibn Rushd and Kant: A Critical Synthesis”, Alif 16 (1996);
- “Philosophical Perception and Mystical Vision in Sadra Within The Whiteheadean Context”, Journal of Transcendent Philosophy 2 (2000);
- “The Emergence of Scientific Tradition in Islam”, Kultur 1 (2001);
- “Bilgisel Süreç ve Hakikat” (Epistemological Process and Reality, Kutadgu bilig 1 (2002).
- “İslam ve Çağdaşlaşma” (Islam and Modernity), Yeni Dünya Düzeni ve İslam (Ankara: Türkiye Diyanet Vakfı, 1995).
- “Said Nursi and the Nursi Religious Movement”, TDV Encyclopedia of Islam, published in Turkish.
- “An Evaluation of Violence from Islam’s Perspective”, Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations, Vol.1, No.4, (2002), 16-29.
- “The Case of Jerusalem from a Civilizational Perspective”, Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations, Vol.1, No.1, (2002), 1-11.
- “Difference is Beautiful: A Philosophical Evaluation”, Globalization for the Common Good Conference, Fatih Üniversitesi, İstanbul, 5-9 July 2007. Published in TA Non-Violant Path to Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, ed. Kamran Mofid, Alparslan Açıkgenç, Kevin J. McGinley, Şammas Salur (İstanbul: Fatih University Press, 2008), 7-12.
Figure 1. A class at the Gazanfer Aga Madrasa founded in 1566 (Image from Divan-i Nadiri, Topkapi Palace Museum Library, H. 899).
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