Thinking in the Language of Reality


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Full Title: Thinking in the Language of Reality – Sadr al-Din Qunavi (1207-74CE) and the Mystical Philosophy of Reason
Author: Anthony F. Shaker
Publisher: Xlibris
Year: 2015
Pages: 337
Printed: Australia
ISBN: 978-1-479-1804-7
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: New
Weight: 666gr.
Description from the publisher:
Sadr al-Dîn Qûnavî (1207-74 CE) was pivotal to the development of systematic philosophy, and indirectly contributed to the rise of fields of inquiry considered fundamental to our modern scientific outlook. He formed part of a wider critique of traditional Aristotelian epistemology which, Dr. Shaker argues, culminated in two historic “epistemological openings”. The first stretched from the 10th to 15th centuries under the aegis of Islamic civilization (in a non-confessional sense). The second occurred on the continent of Europe between the 18th and mid-20th centuries. Dr. Shaker compares these two periods in his introduction, identifying key points of convergence and placing Qûnavî in a broad historical context. In his magnum opus, Kitâb icjâz al bayân, Qûnavî takes as his point of departure the age-old problem of knowledge. Ibn Sînâ-whom Thomas Aquinas and Latin Scholasticism knew as Avicenna-had pithily declared man incapable of truly knowing “the realities of things” much less God, by theoretical reasoning alone. Taking up the challenge, Qûnavî shows under what conditions one may lay claim to such knowledge. He develops a paradigm that draws on the logical, linguistic and exegetical insights of his predecessors, especially Ibn cArabî. The resulting synthesis, which takes the unfolding Book of self-manifestation as the root of all knowledge, opens up the infinite possibilities offered by language for talking and thinking about “reality”. More specifically, linguistic construction and meaning formation are colored by an experiential dimension that has been hidden from formal logic.