Volume 6, Issue 1, March 2018, Page: 1-7
A Linguistic Analysis Approach to Avicenna’s Negative Theology
Siavash Asadi, Theology Department, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA
Received: Jan. 25, 2018;       Accepted: Feb. 5, 2018;       Published: Feb. 27, 2018
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijp.20180601.11      View  948      Downloads  71
Abstract
For Avicenna, God’s attributes expressed by sacred texts, are the attributes of the Necessary Existent. Though the majority of Avicenna’s writings demonstrate a Positive Theology, there are surprisingly some phrases in his works that show his tending to a Negative Theology. These phrases express the conceptual sameness of Necessary Existent’s attributes. It means that there is no different, even conceptually, between Necessary Existent’s Power, Knowledge, and Life. Avicenna concluded his Negative Theology from three issues: meaning of the term ‘attribute,’ consideration for the meaning of ‘Necessary Existent’ as a particular, and, for extreme Negative Theology, ‘absolute simplicity’ of the Necessary Existent. By analyzing Avicenna’s writings about these three issues, this paper attempts to explain the reasons for the Avicenna's opinion, with a linguistic analysis approach.
Keywords
Negative Theology, Necessary Existent, God’s Attributes, Particular Meaning, Avicenna
To cite this article
Siavash Asadi, A Linguistic Analysis Approach to Avicenna’s Negative Theology, International Journal of Philosophy. Vol. 6, No. 1, 2018, pp. 1-7. doi: 10.11648/j.ijp.20180601.11
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