HoP 177 - To Be or Not to Be - Debating Avicenna’s Metaphysics

May 24th, 2014

Avicenna’s distinction between essence and existence triggers a running debate among philosophers and theologians.

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HoP 176 - A Man for all Seasons - al-Tusi

May 18th, 2014

Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī’s controversial career sees him adopt and then abandon Ismāʿīlism, team up with the Mongols, and offer a staunch defense of Avicenna.

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HoP 175 - Bright Ideas - Illuminationism

May 11th, 2014

The Illuminationists carry on Suhrawardī’s critique of “Peripatetic” philosophy and wonder if they will be reborn as giraffes.

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HoP 174 - Leading Light - Suhrawardi

May 4th, 2014

Suhrawardī, founder of the Illuminationist (ishrāqī) tradition, proposes a metaphysics of light on the basis of his theory of knowledge by presence

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