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Lively Up Your Ontology: Bringing Deleuze into Ṣadrā's Modulated Universe

Lively Up Your Ontology: Bringing Deleuze into Ṣadrā's Modulated Universe <p>Abstract:</p><p>This essay brings a process approach to the One-Many problem as treated in Gilles Deleuze&apos;s thought, by focusing on the work of Ṣadr al-Dīn Muhammad al-Shīrāzī (Shiraz, 1571–1640). First acknowledging Avicenna&apos;s concept of the univocity of being (attributed to John Duns Scotus) that influenced Deleuze, this essay examines how later Islamic philosophy, only recently transmitted to the West, provides methods for a lively process-based ontology. It compares Ṣadrā&apos;s process cosmology to those of Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz and Alfred North Whitehead and examines his critique of abstraction in light of <i>tashkīk</i>, systematic ambiguity or modulation. The essay argues that Ṣadrā&apos;s influence can make generative contributions to Deleuzean thought in terms of process realism, <i>tashkīk</i> as disjunctive synthesis, immanent causality, singularity, and an optimistic, worldoriented approach. Ṣadrā&apos;s work allows us to rethink the boundary between philosophy and theology, and the essay proposes means to de-transcendentalize religious philosophy, if necessary.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences University of Nebraska Press

Lively Up Your Ontology: Bringing Deleuze into Ṣadrā&apos;s Modulated Universe

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University of Nebraska Press
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Abstract

<p>Abstract:</p><p>This essay brings a process approach to the One-Many problem as treated in Gilles Deleuze&apos;s thought, by focusing on the work of Ṣadr al-Dīn Muhammad al-Shīrāzī (Shiraz, 1571–1640). First acknowledging Avicenna&apos;s concept of the univocity of being (attributed to John Duns Scotus) that influenced Deleuze, this essay examines how later Islamic philosophy, only recently transmitted to the West, provides methods for a lively process-based ontology. It compares Ṣadrā&apos;s process cosmology to those of Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz and Alfred North Whitehead and examines his critique of abstraction in light of <i>tashkīk</i>, systematic ambiguity or modulation. The essay argues that Ṣadrā&apos;s influence can make generative contributions to Deleuzean thought in terms of process realism, <i>tashkīk</i> as disjunctive synthesis, immanent causality, singularity, and an optimistic, worldoriented approach. Ṣadrā&apos;s work allows us to rethink the boundary between philosophy and theology, and the essay proposes means to de-transcendentalize religious philosophy, if necessary.</p>

Journal

Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social SciencesUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Mar 28, 2019

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