Mulla Sadra As Viewed By Henry Corbin


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Henry Corbin is a top name among the acknowledged experts on Islamic philosophy. What makes him further distinguished is his encompassing research on Mulla Sadra's ideas.According to Corbin, Mulla Sadra can neither be an eclecticist nor a compiler because the first suffers from shallow conception and the latter can only afford the existing rational procedures to solve a problem and, hence, cannot approach it properly.Corbin considers Mulla Sadra in conncection with eastern, Islamic and Iranian types of philosophy in such a way that neither type can be studied separately.Comparing Mulla Sadra withThomas Aquinas, Corbin says the comparison would be reasonable, if only Aquinas were a multi-faceted-gnostic as Mulla Sadra was. Corbin does not confine Mulla Sadra's philosophy to a certain area believing that his trans-substantial motion theory has given considerable variety to his philosophical views.A few western philosophers including Ernest Renan maintain that Ibn Rushd stands at the end of the line of Islamic philosophy giants. Unaware of the post-Ibn Rushd developments in Islamic philosophy, Renan and his advocates portray a feeble picture of any other studv in this connection after Ibn Rushd
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