, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 255-265
Date: 12 Jul 2007

A critique of causality in Islamic philosophy


After the problems of epistemology, the most fundamental problem of Islamic philosophy is that of causality. Causality has been studied from various perspectives. This paper endeavors first to analyze the issues of causality in Islamic philosophy and then to critique them. A sketch is provided of the history of the development of theories of causality in Islamic philosophy, with particular attention to how religious considerations came to determine the shape of the philosophical theories that were accepted. It is suggested that outstanding philosophical and theological problems that have plagued the tradition of Islamic philosophy require a new approach to the issue of causality.

This paper was written in Farsi and submitted for publication in this issue of Topoi. It was translated by Rizwan Arastu.