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The Physical Theory of Kalam: Atoms, Space, and Void in Basrian Mu'tazili Cosmology
     

The Physical Theory of Kalam: Atoms, Space, and Void in Basrian Mu'tazili Cosmology

by Alnoor Dhanani, A. Destree, A. Dhanani
 

This book reconstructs the theories of matter and space of the mutakallimūn of the tenth and eleventh centuries A.D. It uses texts which have only recently become available.
The book presents material which challenges our previous understanding of kalām atomism. In particular, it analyzes the concept of atoms as a 'space-occupying object' without

Overview

This book reconstructs the theories of matter and space of the mutakallimūn of the tenth and eleventh centuries A.D. It uses texts which have only recently become available.
The book presents material which challenges our previous understanding of kalām atomism. In particular, it analyzes the concept of atoms as a 'space-occupying object' without dimension yet having magnitude. It examines the manner of the atom's occupation of space, and discusses arguments for and against unoccupied spaces or the void.
A detailed examination of the paradoxical nature of such an atom follows. The argument is made that a 'discrete' rather than a 'continuous' conception of space, matter, time, motion and indeed geometry underlies kalām physical theory. In this respect, the kalām atom is similar to the Epicurean minimal part.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004098312
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/1993
Series:
Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Science. Texts and Studies Series , #14
Pages:
209
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.85(d)

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Alnoor Dhanani, Ph.D. (1991) in History of Science, Harvard University.

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