Some Parts of the Editorial of the Last Issue of Kheradname-ye Sadra by Professor Ayatullah Seyyed Mohammed Khamenei  



The editorial of issue 78 of Kheradname-ye Sadra reads: “One of the signs of cultural poverty is the weakness of scientific research activities … Statistics might indicate that several studies are conducted in the country; however, an accurate review of their content reveals that they lack the necessary essence and efficiency for social and scientific practical usage and progress.”

Presently, the shallow content and low quality of scientific studies and sometimes plagiarism are posing a serious threat to the academic community of the country. Ayatullah Professor Seyyed Mohammed Khamenei, President of the Sadra Islamic Philosophy Research Institute and the license-holder and Director of Kheradname-ye Sadra has emphasized this important point in the editorial of issue 78 of this scientific-research Quarterly. It is hoped that his discussion attracts the attention of the authorities in this field.

We read in a part of the editorial as follows: One of the important types of cultural poverty is the weakness of scientific research activities and not just their absence in academic environments. The use of inappropriate research methods, the limited number of researchers, and their unbalanced distribution in various scientific disciplines also indicate the presence of scientific poverty. Here, we are not referring merely to statistical and quantitative data; rather, we are mainly targeting the spirit of research studies and their content value and quality. On the surface, statistical data may indicate that several studies are conducted in the country. However, an accurate review of their content reveals that they lack the necessary essence and efficiency for social and scientific practical usage and progress. One of the reasons for this is the shortage of highly knowledgeable academicians who are capable of conducting research in its real and comprehensive sense.

The question here is why, in spite of the existence of several knowledgeable professors and researchers in seminaries and universities, the number of valid scientific studies which can be presented to the modern academic world is so limited. This controversy is rooted in the fact that, because of some personal problems, financial and formal obstacles, inappropriate educational programs, and the great number of professional responsibilities and teaching classes, even the small number of active researchers cannot devote much time to studying, doing research, theorizing, and presenting scientific innovations. Apparently, they are pre-occupied with teaching and training students; however, the great volume of their work and the huge amount of time they spend on accomplishing their educational tasks do not allow them to study new sources or become involved in research. Therefore, they teach what they have been teaching for years using their old sources and, as a result, produce students with weak scientific knowledge and backgrounds.

This scientific poverty and chaos and its damages to the country meet the eye more visibly when an original and valuable research project needs to be put into practice and demands the cooperation of knowledgeable and capable researchers to be executed. It is at this time that we realize how difficult it is to find the human resources that we truly need.

It is now necessary for authorities in the field of cultural affairs to remedy this scientific defect as soon as possible and pay attention to the fact that, exactly in the same way that poverty and disease inflict our bodies and lead to death, scientific poverty and shortage of research activities lead society to sickness and destruction. This is particularly the case if this shortage exists in rational sciences, which function as the intellectual faculty of society.

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Issue 78 of Kheradname-ye Sadra is forthcoming and will be available to interested readers in the near future. The Table of Contents of this issue is given below:

A Critique of “the Methodological Role of the Principle of Nothing Proceeds from the One but the One, Mahdi ‘Azimi

Semantics of the Appellation “Necessary Being in itself, Seyyed Mohammad Entezam

The Transcendent Philosophy and a Fortiori Logic, Mahmud Zeraatpishe

Essential Possibility and Potential Possibility in Mulla Sadra and ‘Allamah Tabataba’i, Mohammad Saeedi Mehr and Seyyed Shahriyar Kamali Sabziwari

A Study of the Effect of Mulla Sadra’s View of the Soul on his View of Revelation, Forough al-Sadat Rahimpoor and Majid Yaryan

The Mind and the Representative Levels of Perception in Sadr al-Din Qunawi, Morteza Jafarian and Mohammad Javad Rezaeirah

Transformation of the Problem of “the Universal and the Particular in Mulla Sadra’s Philosophy of Principiality of Existence, Mohammad Hosseinzadeh


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