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Islamic Philosophy and Occidental Phenomenology on the Perennial Issue of Microcosm and Macrocosm

  • Editors
  • Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Some Approaches to the Great Analogy

  3. Creativity as the Principle of Differentiation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 128-128
    2. Seyed Mostafa Mohaghghegh Damad
      Pages 129-139
    3. Gholam-Reza A'wani
      Pages 161-169
  4. Imagination and its Worlds

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 172-172
    2. Reza Davari Ardakani
      Pages 173-176
    3. Golamhosein Ebrahimi Dinani
      Pages 177-182
  5. The Circle of Life in its Ramifications to the Divine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 204-204
    2. William C. Chittick
      Pages 205-213
    3. Daniela Verducci
      Pages 215-223

About this book


By proposing the Microcosm and Macrocosm analogy for dialogue between Islamic Philosophy and Occidental Phenomenology, the authors of this volume are reviving the perennial positioning of the human condition in the play of forces within and without the human being. This theme has run from Plato through the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Modernity, and has been ignored by contemporaries. It now acquires a new pertinence and striking significance due to the scientific discoveries into the "infinitely small" in life, on the one hand, and the prodigious technological discoveries of the "infinitely great" on the other. Both open up undreamt-of prospects for the continuing conquest of cosmic forces. The human person – thrown into turmoil by the new approaches to life and needing to acquire new habits of mind, having lost security of all beliefs – desperately seeks a new clarification of the Human Condition within the unity of everything-there-is, of cosmic forces, and of his destiny. The dialogue between Islamic Philosophy and phenomenology of life can show the way.

Papers by: Gholam-Reza A'awani, Mehdi Aminrazavi, Roza Davari Ardakani, Mohammad Azadpur, Gary Backhaus, Marina Banchetti-Robino, William Chittick, Seyed Mostafa Muhaghghegh Damad, Golamhossein Ebrahimi Dinani, Nader El-Bizri, Kathleen Haney, Salahaddin Khalilov, Sayyid Mohammad Khamenei, Mahmoud Khatami, Mieczyslaw Pawel Migon, Nikolay Milkov, Sachiko Murata, Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, Daniela Verducci.


Edmund Husserl Human Condition Islam Macrocosm Martin Heidegger Max Scheler Microcosm metaphysics ontology phenomenology

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