al-Masa'il al-Qudsiyya and Mulla Sadra's proofs for mental existence

Marcotte, Roxanne (2011) al-Masa'il al-Qudsiyya and Mulla Sadra's proofs for mental existence. Journal of Islamic Studies, 22 2: 153-182. doi:10.1093/jis/etr029

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Author Marcotte, Roxanne
Title al-Masa'il al-Qudsiyya and Mulla Sadra's proofs for mental existence
Formatted title al-Masāʾil al-Qudsiyya and Mullā Ṣadrā’s proofs for mental existence
Journal name Journal of Islamic Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0955-2340
Publication date 2011-05-20
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/jis/etr029
Volume 22
Issue 2
Start page 153
End page 182
Total pages 30
Editor Farhan Ahmad Nizami
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract The nature of mental entities and the demonstration of their existence eventually became central epistemological issues. Avicenna had admitted the existence of distinct mental entities, but without elaborating much. By the time of Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī and Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī, discussions on mental existence were accorded distinct special section in philosophical treatises. Much later, Mullā Ṣadrā discusses these issues at length, for example, in his al-Asfār al-arbaʿa, but in light of his own ontology. In a much less studied work, al-Masāʾil al-qudsiyya, he presents clear, condensed presentations of three important proofs for the demonstration of the existence of mental entities: a teleological proof, a proof based on the ability to judge (between two mental concepts) and a proof based on the universality of mental concepts. Some of his discussion is far more detailed in al-Masāʾil al-qudsiyyah than in al-Asfār al-arbaʿa. This study of those three demonstrations highlights the fact that Mullā Ṣadrā was more concerned with ontological (as distinct from epistemological) questions than with the nature of the correspondence between mental entities and the external world. 
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