Causation in Arabic and Islamic Thought

[New Entry by Kara Richardson on October 26, 2015.] In the classical period of Arabic and Islamic thought (9th - 12th centuries), original and influential accounts of causation emerged from debate
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[New Entry by Kara Richardson on October 26, 2015.] In the classical period of Arabic and Islamic thought (9th - 12th centuries), original and influential accounts of causation emerged from debate within two intellectual traditions: speculative theology (kalām) and Greek philosophy (falsafah). Among the theologians (mutakallimūn), dispute about the distribution of agency and causal power played a role in the interpretation of revealed accounts of God and his relationship to the world. By contrast, the philosophers (falāsifah) saw themselves as developing a...

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