An Introduction to Classical Islamic Philosophy
Although Islamic philosophy represents one of the most important philosophical traditions in the world, it has only relatively recently begun to receive the attention it deserves in the non-Islamic world. This is a new edition of a successful introductory book, expanded and updated to take account of recent scholarship. It focuses on what is regarded as Islamic philosophy's golden age, and will appeal to students and to any general reader interested in this philosophical tradition.
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abstract accept active intellect actual agent intellect al-Farabl al-Ghazall al-Ghazall's Alexander of Aphrodisias appropriate Arabic argues argument Aristotelian Aristotle Aristotle's Ash'arites aspects Averroes Avicenna belief body bring causal cause claim commentary concepts contingent creatures demonstrative dialectical discussion distinction divine doctrine emanation esoteric interpretation essence eternal ethical everything ex nihilo example existence faldsifa God's knowledge Greek philosophy happiness Hourani human ibn Rushd Ibn Slna idea Illuminationist philosophy imagination important impossible individual infinite interesting Islamic philosophy Islamic world kaldm logic Maimonides material intellect matter means metaphysics miracles moral Mu'tazilites Mulla Sadra Muslim mutakallimun mysticism nature necessarily necessary Neoplatonic notion objects offalsqfa opinions particular perfection philosophers Plato possible premisses principles problem prophecy prophet Qur'an rational reason regarded religion religious revelation sense shari'a sort soul spheres Strauss suggests thefaldsifa theologians theological theoretical theory things thinkers thought tradition truth understand universe