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Analytic Philosophy and Avicenna

Knowing the Unknown, 1st Edition

By Mohammad Azadpur


176 pages

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Hardback: 9780367434229
pub: 2020-03-04
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This work engages in a constructive, yet subtle, dialogue with the nuanced accounts of sensory intentionality and empirical knowledge offered by the Islamic philosopher, Avicenna.

This discourse has two main objectives: 1) providing an interpretation of Avicenna’s epistemology that avoids reading him as a precursor to British empiricists or as a full-fledged emanatist; 2) bringing light to the importance of Avicenna’s account of experience to relevant contemporary Anglo-American discussions in epistemology and metaphysics. These two objectives are interconnected in aspects of contemporary metaphysics. Epistemology provides the framework for a novel reading of Avicenna on knowledge and reality, and the latter, in turn, contributes to adjusting some other aspects of the former.

Advancing the Avicennian perspective on contemporary analytic discourse, this volume is a key resource for researchers and students interested in comparative and analytic epistemology and metaphysics, and Islamic philosophy.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Avicenna and the Sellarsian Account of Experience

1. Sellars on the Empirical Grounds of Knowledge

2. Sellars on the Pseudo-intentionality of the Senses

3. Perennial Philosophy: Against Scientism and Reason-nature Dualism

4. Avicenna’s Empiricism: Meno’s Dilemma and the Sensory Grounds of Knowledge

5. The Mind’s Involvement in Sense Perception: Avicenna on Sensory Intentionality and the Unity of Being

Conclusion: On Avicenna and the so-called Common Medieval View

About the Author

Mohammad Azadpur is a Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University. His work brings Islamic philosophers into dialogue with figures in contemporary Western philosophy. His first book, Reason Unbound (2011), explored the primacy of ethics in the activity of philosophy.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Islamic Philosophy

The Series is devoted to the publication of scholarly books in all areas of Islamic philosophy. We regard the discipline as part of the general philosophical environment and seek to include books on a wide variety of different approaches to Islamic philosophy.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Medieval
PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Analytic
RELIGION / Islam / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies