The Essential Seyyed Hossein Nasr

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World Wisdom, Inc, 2007 - Philosophy - 250 pages
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The Essential Seyyed Hossein Nasr
by Nasr, Seyyed Hossein; Smith, Huston (Foreword by)


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Foreword Huston Smith p. vii
Introduction William C. Chittick p. ix
Religion
1 Living in a Multi-Religious World p. 3
2 The Traditionalist Approach to Religion p. 21
3 Religion and the Environmental Crisis p. 29
Islam
4 One God p. 43
5 Many Prophets p. 53
6 The Nature of Man p. 65
7 The Integration of the Soul p. 73
8 The Throne of the All-Merciful p. 85
9 The Role of Philosophy p. 97
10 Suhrawardi p. 111
11 Mulla Sadra p. 115
12 Existence and Quiddity p. 119
Tradition
13 Scientia Sacra p. 131
14 Renaissance Humanism p. 139
15 God as Reality p. 153
16 Time and Eternity p. 159
17 Pontifical and Promethean Man p. 171
18 The Cosmos as Theophany p. 189
19 Traditional Art p. 203
20 The Wisdom of the Body p. 215
21 In the Beginning was Consciousness p. 223
Sources p. 231
Selected Bibliography p. 233
Biographical Notes p. 237
Index p. 239
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The Essential Seyyed Hossein Nasr
by Nasr, Seyyed Hossein; Smith, Huston (Foreword by)



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"The highest honor a philosopher can receive is to be nominated by his peers for inclusion in the series of The Library of Living Philosophers [for which the] latest entry is The Philosophy of Seyyed Hossein Nasr. And the highest honor a theologian can receive is to be invited to deliver the Gifford Lectures in Glasgow, Scotland. Seyyed Hossein Nasr is the only person ever to have received both of these honors.... This valuable book distills the essence of the thought of one of the most important thinkers or our times." Book jacket.

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Thought provoking perspectives on traditional wisdom, what Aldous Huxley called the "perennial philosophy," the metaphysics of the Platonists, Sufis, and Hindus, amongst others. The book explains the ... Read full review

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This volume collects significant writing from Nasr, who is one of the most significant carriers of the perennial philosophy tradition living today. He is a prominent Islamic philosopher and a good ... Read full review

Contents

Living in a MultiReligious World
3
The Traditionalist Approach to Religion
21
Religion and the Environmental Crisis
29
Islam
41
One God
43
Many Prophets
53
The Nature of Man
65
The Integration of the Soul
73
Scientia Sacra
131
Renaissance Humanism
139
God as Reality
153
Time and Eternity
159
Pontifical and Promethean Man
171
The Cosmos as Theophany
189
Traditional Art
203
The Wisdom of the Body
215

The Throne of the AllMerciful
85
The Role of Philosophy
97
Suhrawardī
111
Mullā Ṣadrā
115
Existence and Quiddity
119
Tradition
129
In the Beginning was Consciousness
223
Sources
231
Selected Bibliography
233
Biographical Notes
237
Index
239
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About the author (2007)

Born in Tehran, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, the son of an educator, received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1958, after which he returned to Iran to teach and eventually to become a university chancellor. He was compelled to leave his native country after the revolution of 1979 and since then has taught in universities in the United States. Deeply influenced by the mystical Sufi tradition, Nasr is less concerned with reconciling the faith with modernism and is more concerned with presenting a traditionalist, though mystical, interpretation of religion that offers a way out of the contradictions of modernity. Through authentic spiritual experience, Nasr holds, one can penetrate the superficiality of modern scientific and other knowledge to find eternal truth. He is associated with the neotraditionalist school of philosophy. Undoubtedly, Nasr has had more general influence in the Western philosophical world than any other contemporary philosopher in the Islamic tradition.

Chittick is Professor of Comparative Studies at the State University of New York. A greatly respected scholar, he spent over 12 years in Iran before studying Sufism in theory and practice.