The Philosophy of Mulla Sadra Shirazi
Mulla Sadra Shirazi emerges as an original philosopher who had a sure understanding of his Greek and Islamic predecessors. He is worthy of study by scholars concerned with the development of Islamic philosophy because of his attempt to reconcile various currents of Islamic philosophical thought, particularly the peripatetic tradition of Ibn Arabi. Modern existentialists will be interested in his basic concern with the reality of existence and the unreality of essences or general notions.
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Page 5 - ... critical junctures in its history. He emphasizes the function of the procession of prophets in a vast cosmic journey of separation from God and eventual return to God. Sadr ad-Din Shirazi, also known as Mulla Sadra (1572-1641), was also indebted to the thought of Ibn 'Arabi, "but whereas Ibn 'Arabi's method of writing is not philosophical — he works by analogies and images rather than rational proofs, Sadra's method is out-and-out rational and philosophical. Indeed, just as Sadra condemns philosophy...