A Review of the Basic Principles of Philosophical Thought and the Necessity of Appreciating Islamic Philosophy in the Latest Issue of Kheradnameh-ye Sadra Quarterly                   3.2.2009


        The 53rd issue of the scientific-research Quarterly of Kheradnameh-ye Sadra, which is devoted to the field of Islamic Philosophy, has been recently published.

This issue's editorial reviews the basic principles of philosophical thought in the course of history and also refers to the damage done to the basis of philosophical knowledge by some European philosophers such as Hume and Kant during the Enlightenment.

Today, however, the defects of Western philosophies have made their intellectuals think about finding their ideals in Islamic philosophy. Nevertheless, some of the guardians of the legacy of original Islamic philosophy in seminaries and universities have given up their own treasure and followed the mirage of the thoughts of other philosophers. As a result, the descendants of Ibn Sina and Mulla Sadra have turned into disseminators of various foreign schools of philosophy.

Here, Professor Seyyed Mohammed Khamenei, the Editor-in-Chief of the Quarterly, continues by pointing out the advantages of Western philosophy and Western philosophers’ courage in presenting their ideas and looking for adventure in discovering new fields of thought. He also reminds us that philosophy in the sense of perceiving being and the way leading to happiness is beyond all these schools of thought. In fact, it is centuries since man first watered this fruitful tree and left it in trust to later generations, and it does not deserve to be killed by its own gardeners.

At the end of the editorial, while emphasizing the necessity of being aware of the history of the development of philosophical thought, schools, and other sources for all research in the field of philosophy, Professor Khamenei invites them to devote themselves to correcting and fertilizing Islamic philosophy and the Transcendent Philosophy.

The latest issue of Kheradnameh-ye Sadra includes the following articles: “A Methodological Demarcation between the Knowledge of Existent qua Existent and the Knowledge of Separate Substances” by Seyyed Sadr al-Din Tahiri, “Ibn Sina and the Union of the Intellect and the Intelligible” by Gholamhossein Khedri, “Evaluation of God’s Knowledge in Suhrawardi’s Philosophy” by Mansur Imanpur, “Politics and Government in the Transcendent Philosophy” by Muhammed Ali Nawidi, “A Comparison of the Subjects, Methods, and Purposes of Philosophy from the Viewpoint of Mulla Sadra and Heidegger” by Muhammed Reza Asadi, “A Comparative Study of Mulla Sadra’s Esoteric Exegesis and Heidegger’s Hermeneutics” by Muhammed Bidhindi, “The Trans-Substantial Motion from ‘Aziz al-Din Nasafi to Mulla Sadra” by Davood Firahi and Mahdi Fadai Mehraban, and “A Revision of the Limits of Presential Knowledge and Acquired Knowledge” by Seyyed Ahmad Ghaffari Gharehbaq.

The last part of the Journal, like the previous issues, is devoted to the introduction of philosophy books and the English translation of some selected papers.

The 53rd issue of Kheradnameh-ye Sadra in the field of Islamic philosophy has been published by the Publications Center of the Sadra Islamic Philosophy Institute at a price of 1000 tomans. The Editor-in-Chief of this Quarterly is Professor Seyyed Mohammed Khamenei.


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