TITLE

Divine simplicity

AUTHOR(S)
Mohammad Saeedimehr
PUB. DATE
September 2007
SOURCE
Topoi;Sep2007, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p191
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Abstract  According to a doctrine widely held by most medieval philosophers and theologians, whether in the Muslim or Christian world, there are no metaphysical distinctions in God whatsoever. As a result of the compendious theorizing that has been done on this issue, the doctrine, usually called the doctrine of divine simplicity, has been bestowed a prominent status in both Islamic and Christian philosophical theology. In Islamic philosophy some well-known philosophers, such as Ibn Sina (980–1037) and Mulla Sadra (1571–1640), developed this doctrine through a metaphysical approach. In this paper, considering the historical order, I shall first concentrate on Ibn Sina’s view. Then I shall turn to the theory of divine simplicity of Thomas Aquinas (1225?–1274), as the most developed and comprehensive version of the medieval theories in Christian world. Finally, I will return to Islamic philosophy and explore the more complicated and mature account of the doctrine as it was introduced by Mulla Sadra according to his own philosophical principles.
ACCESSION #
26419179

 

Related Articles

  • MS LONDON, BRITISH LIBRARY Or. 3126: AN UNKNOWN WORK BY AL-GHAZÄ€LĪ ON METAPHYSICS AND PHILOSOPHICAL THEOLOGY. GRIFFEL, FRANK // Journal of Islamic Studies;Jan2006, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p1 

    The article describes the "Manuscript London, British Library, Or. 3126," a book of 285 leaves in quarto size by al-Ghazali. There are only 15 lines per quarto page and the handwriting is in large naskhi, possibly by a professional scribe. It is suggested that, due to the characteristics of the...

  • Paul Tillich, Lover.  // Time;10/8/1973, Vol. 102 Issue 15, p79 

    The article focuses on the great theologian Hannah Tillich. It reveals that Tillich's reminiscence of his husband Paul Tillich is being published in a curious book called "From Time to Time" and its memoir barely mentions the theologian's pioneering work in existential theology. It also notes...

  • Hell, Coherence and Authority: A Preliminary Inquiry Into The Philosophical Theology of Marilyn McCord Adams. CHANDRA, Michael Ajay // Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN): Theses & Dissertat;2002, p1 

    Over the last three decades, the Christian philosopher Marilyn McCord Adams has developed some of the most careful and creative arguments available for a comprehensive alternative to traditional understandings of sin and hell In the process, she has lodged perhaps the most cogent set of...

  • BONAVENTURE AND THE COINCIDENCE OF OPPOSITES: A RESPONSE TO CRITICS. Cousins, Ewert H. // Theological Studies;Jun81, Vol. 42 Issue 2, p277 

    Refutes criticisms and challenges by Bonaventure specialists hurled at the author's theological positions discussed in his book, 'Bonaventure and the Coincidence of Opposites.' Complementary opposites in the book's thesis; Refutation of George Tavard's criticism on the issue of incarnation;...

  • Teorías recientes de la Trinidad. TOMÁS ALVARADO MARAMBIO, JOSÉ // Veritas: Journal of Philosophy & Theology;Sep2013, Issue 29, p189 

    This work presents and discusses different recent attempts to solve the so-called «problem of the Trinity». The dogmatic declarations have assumed that: (a) there is only one God; (b) that there are three different persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and (c) that those three...

  • FAHREDDÄ°N RÂZÃŽ'NÄ°N FELSEFÃŽ KELAMINDA ZORUNLU VARLIK KAVRAMI. Kafrawi, Shalahudin // KADER: Kelam Araptyrmalary Dergisi;2011, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p239 

    The Notion of Necessary Being in Fakhr al-Dîn al-Râzî's Philosophical Theology- The notion of Necessary Being (wâjib al-wujûd) is so significant in Islamic intellectual tradition that it plays a major role in every single system of the tradition. We can see this very clearly in...

  • Islamic Philosophical Theology (Book Review). Littlefield, David W. // Library Journal;4/1/1980, Vol. 105 Issue 7, p865 

    Reviews the book 'Islamic Philosophical Theology,' edited by Parviz Morewedge.

  • APPLIED PROFESSIONAL ETHICS AND INSTITUTIONAL RELIGION: THE METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES. Battin, Margaret Pabst // Monist;Oct84, Vol. 67 Issue 4, p569 

    The article discusses philosophical enthusiasm for applied professional ethics. It has spread from medicine to law, education, government, engineering, business, and to other professional and semiprofessional fields. Each involves an institutional structure within which professional...

  • Which ideas belong in the public sphere? Douglas, Peter // Eureka Street;2/6/2007, Vol. 17 Issue 2, p21 

    The article discusses the domain of religious ideas. According to the author, religious idea is enclosed in the private sphere of faith and conscience and the authority of greater ideas in the public sphere is a possible compromise where the outcomes of an individual and groups are anticipated....

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics