The 14th Conference on the Commemoration of Mulla Sadra                  07.07.2010


In this Conference, which consisted of 4 sessions, a number of philosophy professors such as Dr. Reza Dawari, Dr. Karim Mujtahidi, Dr. Ali Sharia‘tmadari, and Dr. Gholamhossein Ibrahimi Dinani presented their papers.

Professor Seyyed Mohammed Khamenei, the President of the Sadra Islamic Philosophy Research Institute, said in the keynote speech of the Conference entitled “Philosophical Training of Today’s Youth” as follows:

Philosophy must be at the service of the youth who have to follow a long and difficult path without a guide. The philosophical training of young people should be such to lead them to a point where their talents are flourished. This philosophical training does not mean being trapped among complicated philosophical problems; rather, it means following the truth and learning about the realities of the world in man’s being.

He continued that we also observe such a philosophical training of the youth in the Qur’an. For example, in Luqman chapter, this divine sage teaches his son (the youth of those times) like a philosopher, and this training is initially theoretical. Two points are emphasized in these teachings: being kind to parents and not being cruel to oneself, in other words, not to behave against Qur’anic and human principles.

He also maintained that the world of being has three layers: the world of sensibles, the world of images, and the world of intellects. There is also a similar three-fold classification about human beings.

Upon going through childhood, the youth goes beyond the layer of sensibles and reaches the world of imagination. However, in order to attain wisdom and intellect, he requires a teacher and philosophy. Philosophy and a wise philosopher are responsible for the training of human beings, in general, and the youth, in particular. This is because, given their high level of flexibility and talents, the youth are in need of training and education.

The importance of the training of human beings lies in the fact that each person exercises some influence on a society and generation. He is different from an animal, which, if not following the natural and Godly principles, will ultimately work to the disadvantage of a few animals around itself. A human being truly affects the future generations in the light of his acts.

The president of the Sadra Islamic Philosophy Research Institute finished his speech by pointing out that, apart from the youth, society also requires an administrator in order to attain secondary perfection. The government has the duty to find a wise administrator, and philosophers are responsible for teaching philosophy and wisdom. The primary perfection of a society is attained through forming a government and granting a system and order to it. Nevertheless, this is not enough for the perfection of a society, and it should seek help from philosophy to reach its end and develop secondary perfection.


A Review of the Programs of the 2010 Conference


The 14th Conference on the Commemoration of Mulla Sadra

Philosophical Training of Today’s Youth


Saturday, 22 May, 2010

The Sadra Islamic Philosophy Research Institute


Inauguration of the Conference

Time Program

Reciting some verses from the Holy Qur’an


The National anthem of the Islamic Republic of Iran


Inauguration of the Conference and program announcement

Session 1

Board of Directors: Professor Seyyed Mohammed Khamenei, Dr. Dawari, Dr. Kalbasi




Professor Seyyed Mohammed Khamenei

(President of Sadra Islamic Philosophy Research Institute)

An Introduction to the Wisdom and Training of the Youth


Dr. Reza Dawari

(President of the Culture House for Sciences)

Teaching Philosophy and Philosophical Teaching


Dr. Karim Mujtahidi

(Tehran University)

Philosophy and Man’s Youth


Dr. Ali Sharia‘tmadari

(Member of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution)

Training in Mulla Sadra

10.35 Displaying the Stamp of the Commemoration of Mulla Sadra
10.50 Coffee Break (25 minutes)

Session 2

Board of Directors: Dr. Mujtahidi, Dr. Sa’idi, Dr. Kalbasi
Time Speaker Topic

Dr. Mustafa Muhaqqiq Damad

(Member of the Culture House for Sciences)

The Young Generation, the Addressee of Philosophers


Dr. Hamid Reza Ayatullahi

(President of the Research Center for Human Sciences)

Specific Features of the General and Particular Training of the Youth


Dr. Hassan Sa‘idi

(Shahid Beheshti University)

The Architect of the Transcendent Philosophy: A Model for Philosophical Training


Dr. Aliullah Bedashti

(Qum University)

Philosophical Thought of the Youth: Whats and Whys


Dr. Hussein Kalbasi

(‘Allamah Tabataba’i University)

On the Essence and Youth of Philosophy

12.55 Prayer and Lunch Break (80 minutes)

Session 3

Board of Directors: Dr. Aliullah Bedashti, Dr. Purhassan, Dr. Kalbasi
Time Speaker Topic

Dr. Muhammed Akwan

(Islamic Azad University, Central Tehran Branch)

The Youth, Teaching Philosophy, and Philosophical Training


Dr. Fatemeh Sadiqzadeh

(Imam Sadiq (a) University)

Role of Logical Teachings in Critical Thinking


Dr. Yahya Qa’idi

(Teacher Training University)

Role of Philosophy in Training the Youth’s Judgment Power


Dr. Sahar Kawandi

(Zanjan University)

Muskuwiyyah and the Intellectual and Philosophical Training of the Youth


Dr. Rasul Berjisiyan

(Islamic Azad University, Khurasgan Branch)

Transcendent Training: Educational Philosophy and Philosophical Training in the Transcendent Philosophy


Dr. Qasim Purhassan

(‘Allamah Tabataba’i University)

Mulla Sadra, the Youth, Training, and Rationality


Dr. Gholamhossein Ibrahimi Dinani

(Tehran University)

Philosophical Training

16.45 Coffee Break (25 minutes)

Session 4

Board of Directors: Professor Seyyed Mohammed Khamenei, Dr. Ayatullahi, Dr. Kalbasi



Meeting of the Members of the National Society of Mulla Sadra


Closing Ceremony


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