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Thinking in the Language of Reality

PhD Anthony F. Shaker

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Paperback. 402 pages. Dimensions: 8.9in. x 6.0in. x 0.9in.Sadr al-Dn Qnav (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 Qnav in a broad historical context. In his magnum opus, Kitb icjz al bayn, Qnav takes as his point of departure the age-old problem of knowledge. Ibn Sn-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, Qnav 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 cArab. 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. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781479718030

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Title: Thinking in the Language of Reality

Publisher: XLIBRIS

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Sadr al-Dīn Qūnavī (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 Qūnavī in a broad historical context. In his magnum opus, Kitāb icjāz al bayān, Qūnavī takes as his point of departure the age-old problem of knowledge. Ibn Sīnā-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, Qūnavī 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 cArabī. 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.

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Anthony F. Shaker holds a PhD from the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University. He has translated three important books by Ghazālī and authors works in both Islamic and Western European philosophy and on contemporary political developments. He lives with his wife in Quebec, Canada, where he is an independent writer, researcher and editorial consultant.

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