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How Ibn Sīnian Is Suhrawardī's Theory of Knowledge?

Mehdi Aminrazavi
Philosophy East and West
Vol. 53, No. 2 (Apr., 2003), pp. 203-214
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1400089
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How Ibn Sīnian Is Suhrawardī's Theory of Knowledge?
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Abstract

It is demonstrated here that despite apparent differences and their adherence to two different schools of thought, Suhrawardī's epistemology is essentially Ibn Sīnian, and even his theory of "knowledge by Presence" ('ilm al-hudurī), which is considered to be uniquely his, is at least inspired by Ibn Sīnā. I argue that Ibn Sīnā's peripatetic orientation and Suhrawardī's ishrāqī perspective have both maintained and adhered to the same epistemological framework while the philosophical languages in which their respective epistemologies are discussed are different.

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