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The belief that all causal events and interactions are not the product of material conjunctions but rather the immediate and present Will of God, underlies the work. The book favors faith over philosophy in al-ghasali specifically concerning metaphysics or knowledge of the divine.
This book was preceded by a summary of Muslim philosophical al-ghazwli titled: Aims of the philosophers Maqasid al Falasifa. This book is the summary of Avicenna’s philosophical doctrine.
Al-Ghazali also stated that he did not find other branches of philosophy including physics, logic, astronomy or mathematics problematic. The work is organized into 20 chapters in which al-Ghazali attempts to refute Avicenna’s doctrines.
He states that Avicenna and his followers have erred in seventeen points each one of which he addresses in detail in a chapter, for a total of 17 chapters by committing heresy. But in three other chapters, he accuses them of being utterly irreligious. Among the charges that he leveled against the philosophers is their inability to prove the existence of God and inability to prove the impossibility of the existence of two gods.
Al-Ghazali (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Among the twenty points, al-Ghazali called out three which he charges not only constitute heresy, but also disbelief in Islam. The Incoherence of the Philosophers propounds the Asharite theory of occasionalism. Al-Ghazali wrote that when fire and cotton are placed in contact, the cotton is burned tayafut by God rather than by the fire, a claim which he defended using logic in Islamic philosophy.
Al-gbazali explained that because God is usually seen sl-ghazali rational, rather than arbitrary, his behavior in normally causing events in the same sequence i. Properly speaking, however, these are not laws of nature but laws by which God chooses to govern his own behaviour his autonomy, in the strict sense — in other words, his rational will.
Al-Ghazali expresses his support for a scientific methodology based on demonstration and mathematicswhile discussing astronomy. After describing the solar eclipse and the lunar eclipsehe writes: Whosoever thinks that to engage in a disputation for refuting such a theory is a religious duty harms religion and weakens it.
For these matters rest on demonstrations, geometrical and arithmetical, that leave no room for doubt. In his defense of the Asharite doctrine of a created universe that is temporally finiteagainst the Aristotelian doctrine of an eternal universe, Al-Ghazali proposed the modal theory of possible worldsarguing that their actual world is the best of all possible worlds from among all the alternate timelines and world histories that God could have possibly created.
His theory parallels that of Duns Scotus in the 14th century.
al-gbazali While it is uncertain whether Al-Ghazali had any influence on Scotus, they both may have derived their theory from their readings of Avicenna ‘s Metaphysics. It is written as a sort of dialogue: Averroes quotes passages by al-Ghazali and then responds to them. This text was not as well received by the wider Islamic audience. This once again indicated to Islamic scholars the weakness of human understanding and the strength of faith.
Ibn Tufail cites al-Ghazali as an influence on his novel, especially his views on Sufism, but was critical of his views against Avicennism.
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Ibn al-Nafis later wrote another novel, Theologus Autodidactusas a response to Ibn Tufail’s Philosophus Autodidactusdefending some of al-Ghazali’s views. Al-Ghazali’s insistence on a radical divine immanence in the natural world has been posited all-ghazali as one of the reasons that the spirit of scientific inquiry later withered in Islamic lands. If “Allah’s hand is not chained”, then there was no point in discovering the alleged laws of nature.
This we deny, saying: The agent of the burning is God, through His creating the black in the al-hgazali and the disconnexion of its parts, and it is God who made the cotton burn and made it ashes either through the intermediation of angels or without al-ghazsli. For fire is a dead body which has no action, and what is the proof that it is the agent?
Indeed, the philosophers have tahafit other proof than the observation of the occurrence of the burning, when there is contact with fire, but observation proves only a simultaneity, not a causation, and, in reality, there is no other cause but God. The Ottoman sultan Mehmed II a. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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