THE PHENOMENOLOGICAL QUEST BETWEEN AVICENNA – Sample Book
INTRODUCTION I- Issues and Themes – THE PHENOMENOLOGICAL QUEST BETWEEN AVICENNA
The main focus of this book is directed to the consideration of the question of being in the philosophical works of the physician, waz .1.r, poet, and above all one of the great metaphysicians of history: Abu Ali al-Husayn Ibn Sina (980-1037), who was known in the Latin world as Avicenna.
The interpretation of his philosophical approach to the question of being will be reconstructed in the light of addressing some aspects of Martin Heidegger’s critique of metaphysics.
It is known that Avicenna and Heidegger are celebrated philosophers who dedicated most of the thrust of their works to think about being. Addressing the question of being through an examination of their works offers some grounds for the re-consideration of contemporary accounts of ontology through the examination of a rich and complex philosophical heritage that has not been sufficiently studied by the contemporary Western scholarship.
Addressing the philosophy of a Middle Ages great metaphysician, who is not well under stood by a majority of western philosophers, might open up new possibilities to reevaluate contemporary accounts vis a vis ontology. Such investigation may reveal some rather concealed and unthought-of ontological rich issues that one would find in the intricate work of a metaphysician like Avicenna.
This, in its tum, allows for a consideration of the incompleteness of Heidegger’s claims about the history of metaphysics, and the acclaimed historical and philosophical significance of his own ontology. Avicenna develops, adapts, and even overcomes the ousiological Aristotelian and Peripatetic categorical tradition in ontology.
In this sense, Avicenna’s philosophy offers a ground from which a possible reply to Heidegger’s claims can be formulated. The consideration of Avicenna’s philosophical accounts of the question of being raises some questions about the comprehensiveness and completeness of Heidegger’s claim that,
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