AVERROES AND HEGEL ON PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Sample Book
Book review – editorial – AVERROES AND HEGEL ON PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION
The Author -Catarina Belo deftly addresses the all-important relationship between philosophy and religion, more pointedly, whether one guides the other, in this careful and studious examination of Averroes and Hegel. She focuses on the key texts of both in the original language of their composition while drawing intelligent support from contemporary scholars and scholarship.
The book’s particular value comes from Belo’s ability to bring recent Spanish scholarship on Islamic philosophy and theology to bear and from her awareness that the insights of Aristotle, Alfarabi, and Maimonides can never be forgotten.’ Charles Butterworth, University of Maryland, USA ’The major strength of this book is its critical dialogue between the thought of Averroes and Hegel, with special reference to the crucial but contested relation between religion and philosophy.
These two major thinkers are rarely brought together and I am not aware of another work that manages to bring them thoughtfully together in a meeting that is so intellectually illuminating. The author is erudite and adept in dealing with both thinkers, and brings them into dialogue with impressive fidelity to the richness of their respective thought about religion and philosophy.’ William Desmond, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, The Netherlands ‘Catarina Belo proves to be an equally astute student of Hegel as she is of Averroes. …
Throughout her treatment of both philosophers the reader cannot help but recognize a metaphysical depth enhanced by her broad knowledge of the history of philosophy. One is not likely to find a clearer English-language exposition of the doctrines under consideration.’ The Review of Metaphysics ’The book is especially well-suited for advanced undergraduate and graduate students who want to enter more deeply into the often difficult primary texts in question.’ Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations
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