The Problem of Evil

Inati, Shams C.

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Synopsis: Who of us has not one point wondered why it is that a God with absolute goodness, knowledge and power would cause or allow evil in the world? This issue, which is traditionally known as the problem of evil and which is most puzzling to the human mind, recieved significant attention from Ibn Sina. In the present work, Dr. Inati argues that Ibn Sina provides seven main theses to justify God's causing or allowing the presence of evil in the world, and that the problem of evil disappears from his philosophy by virtue of the thesis which relies on God's omnipotence as he defines it.

Following a historical background, which traces the thought of those who had an impact on Ibn Sina's response to this issue, including Plato, Aristotle, and Plotinus, the work analyzes in detail and critically examines Ibn Sina's view. The book is an original piece of work and the first comprehensive study of Ibn Sina's Theodicy, which helped shape later Islamic and Christian treatments of the subject and left significant marks on the thought of major medieval philosophers, including Ibn Rushd, Aquinas and Suarez.

About the Author: Dr. Shams Inati, a professor of islamic studies at Villanova University, is a specialist on Islamic philosophy and theology and an authority on Ibn Sina. She has published widely on various aspects of islamic philosophy and Arabic thought. Her publications on (1) Ibn Sina include Remarks and Admonistions: Part one, Logic and (2) Ibn Sina and Mysticism. Dr. Inati is presently working on two other books, one on Mulla Sadra's concept of the life to come and the other on on the physics and metaphysics of Ibn Sina's Isharat. She is also editing a collection of essays on Iraq, its history, people and politics.

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