The Principles of Epistemology in Islamic Philosophy Knowledge by Presence
THE PRINCIPLES OF EPISTEMOLOGY IN ISLAMIC PHILOSOPHY Knowledge by Presence Mehdi Ha’iri Yazdi This book aims to present to western philosophers the most important theme in Islamic epistemology; knowledge by presence, the knowledge that results from immediate and intuitive awareness, advocated by the author as a viable modern philosophical position. Treating the subject in a thoroughly philosophical manner that is comprehensible to contemporary analytical philosophers, he remains faithful to the Islamic tradition. This is the first book in English by a Muslim philosopher to present the main themes of the Islamic philosophical tradition on knowledge by presence. Written in an accessible style, this volume will interest students and scholars of Islamic philosophy at all levels. Ha’iri carefully demonstrates to the trained analytical philosophers that presence-knowledge is a viable and meaningful epistemological mode. The book is by a philosopher written for philosophers. In addition to Muslim philosophers, the book also refers to Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, St. Thomas, Russell, Cunningham and other western thinkers.
“This is the first serious work we have in English written by a Muslim philosopher as Islamic philosophy. It offers important contributions to contemporary philosophical concerns.” —William C. Chittick