Mulla Sadra's Transcendent Philosophy

Mulla Sadra's Transcendent Philosophy

by Muhammad Kamal


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Sadradin Shirazi (1571-1640), known also as Mulla Sadra, spoke of the primacy of Being and promoted a new ontology, founding a new epistemology. Mulla Sadra's ontology is an important philosophical turn and contribution to the understanding of the development of Muslim philosophy and thought. This comprehensive study of Mulla Sadra's philosophical thought explores his departure from tradition; his turn to the doctrine of the primacy of Being; the dynamic characteristics of Being and the concept of substantial change; comparisons with Heidegger's fundamental ontology; and the influence of Mulla Sadra's ontology on subsequent Muslim philosophy. Of particular value to students of philosophy, Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, philosophy of religion, and general readers who seek to understand Muslim philosophy, this book explores the significance of the doctrine of Mulla Sadra and its impact on subsequent debates in the Muslim world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138262911
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/19/2016
Series: Ashgate World Philosophies Series
Pages: 142
Product dimensions: 6.19(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dr Muhammad Kamal is Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Melbourne Institute of Asian Languages and Societies, The University of Melbourne, Australia.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; The school of illuminationism and the doctrine of the primacy of essence; The school of Isfahan and Mulla Sadra's departure from Suhraward's tradition; The doctrine of the primacy of Being: an ontological turn; The systematic ambiguity of Being and the trans-substantial change in the world order; Mulla Sadra and the problem of knowledge; In conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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