Al-Ghazali on Necessary Causality in The Incoherence of the Philosophers

The Monist 79 (3):315-324 (1996)
Many scholars of modern philosophy link the discussion of the necessary nature of causality inexorably with the name of the David Hume. Yet, long before Hume, the issue of necessary causality had been taken up by the Medieval Islamic philosopher Al-Ghazali. The purpose of this paper will be to examine Al-Ghazali’s views concerning the necessary nature of causality in his work ’The Incoherence of the Philosophers’ with particular reference to the issue of whether there is a complete rejection of causality, and whether Ghazali’s rejection of necessary causality entails that he holds to some sort of occasionalism
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