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A critique of the modern receptions of Islamic Peripatetic philosophy and a validation of the importance of Islamic philosophy for modern philosophy. This intriguing work offers a new perspective on Islamic Peripatetic philosophy, critiquing modern receptions of such thought and highlighting the contribution it can make to contemporary Western philosophy. Mohammad Azadpur focuses on the thought of Alfarabi and Avicenna, who, like ancient Greek philosophers and some of their successors, viewed philosophy as a series of spiritual exercises. However, Muslim Peripatetics differed from their Greek counterparts in assigning importance to prophecy. The Islamic philosophical account of the cultivation of the soul to the point of prophecy unfolds new vistas of intellectual and imaginative experience and accords the philosopher an exceptional dignity and freedom. With reference to both Islamic and Western philosophers, Azadpur discusses how Islamic Peripatetic thought can provide an antidote to some of modernity’s philosophical problems. A discussion of the development of later Islamic Peripatetic thought is also included.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: Islamic Philosophy and the Crisis of Modern Rationalism
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. Chapter 1: Beyond Orientalism and Academic Rationalism: A Critique of the Standard Readings of Islamic Philosophy
  2. pp. 7-19
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  1. Chapter 2: To the Things Themselves: Corbin and Heidegger on Phenomenological Access
  2. pp. 21-37
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  1. Chapter 3: From the Things Themselves to Prophecy: Philosophical Cultivation in Islamic Peripateticism
  2. pp. 39-63
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  1. Chapter 4: Disciplining the Imagination: Intellect, Imagination, and Prophecy
  2. pp. 65-79
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  1. Chapter 5: The Theologian’s Dream: Imagination and Intellectual Heresy
  2. pp. 81-94
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  1. Chapter 6: On Human Finitude, Conscience, and Exemplarity: A Comparison between Islamic Peripateticism and Heideggerian Phenomenology
  2. pp. 95-110
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  1. Conclusion: The Importance of Islamic Peripateticism for Modern Philosophy in the West and Its Impact on Later Islamic Philosophy
  2. pp. 111-121
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 123-155
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 157-167
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  1. Index [Includes Back Cover]
  2. pp. 169-180
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781438437644
Print ISBN
9781438437637
MARC Record
OCLC
756496427
Pages
180
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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