An Anthology of Philosophy in Persia, Vol. 5

An Anthology of Philosophy in Persia, Vol. 5

Philosophy and Spirituality

An Anthology of Philosophy in Persia, Vol. 5
From the School of Shiraz to the Twentieth Century

Author(s): S.H. Nasr & M. Aminrazavi

Reviewed by: Karim Kocsenda, Abu Dhabi, UAE



The fifth and final volume of Nasr and Aminrazavi’s celebrated Anthology of Philosophy in Persia covers the School of Shiraz up to the modern period. As one might note, there is some overlap with the thinkers in the previous volume, but not the translated texts – they are all unique. Translations and comments have been contributed by 20 academics who, together, have produced a very impressive and polished final product. This volume is divided into three sections: The School of Shiraz, The School of Isfahan, and The School of Tehran in the Qajar period. Professor Nasr’s editorial and commentarial presence throughout emphasizes the continuity from each of these three schools into the present – with the respected professor himself being an integral link to our time. Of the Shirazi thinkers, Dawani’s text is on causality, the concepts of existence and non-existence, and whether these are understood as essential or accidental to a thing. Sadr Dashtaki’s passage deals with the liar’s paradox – that is – how a statement that can be grammatically correct may nonetheless evade logical analysis....

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