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A Phenomenological Approach to Illuminationist Philosophy: Suhrawardī’s Nūr Mujarrad and Husserl’s Reduction

A Phenomenological Approach to Illuminationist Philosophy: Suhrawardī’s Nūr Mujarrad and... A PHENOMENOLOGICAL APPROACH TO ILLUMINATIONIST PHILOSOPHY: SUHRAWARD'S NR MUJARRAD AND HUSSERL'S REDUCTION Olga Louchakova-Schwartz Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley olouchakova@gmail.com It has been said many times that every system of knowledge needs to be understood in its own terms.1 This brings up the question of whether textual studies conducted along the lines of the history of ideas, that is, studies of ideas per se, are sufficient for understanding postclassical Islamic philosophy. In this essay, I propose a strategy that would complement and clarify the findings of a historical approach (in a manner similar to the semiotic analyses, for example, by Andrei Smirnov and Ian Netton2). This strategy consists of the phenomenological analysis of philosophical meaning as generated by a particular philosopher, including his or her use of philosophical evidence.3 Translations per se are not philosophically neutral.4 As I will show, translations of the work of the founder of Illuminationism, Shihb al-Dn Suhraward, contain implicit rationalistic and idealistic misinterpretations. An idealistic perspective can be traced in Henry Corbin's (1986) translations of ikmat al-Ishrq. The new translation by John Walbridge and Hossein Ziai (Suhraward 1999), which was intended to counterbalance Corbin by emphasizing Suhraward's peripatetic reasoning, shows a rationalistic bias. Both http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

A Phenomenological Approach to Illuminationist Philosophy: Suhrawardī’s Nūr Mujarrad and Husserl’s Reduction

Philosophy East and West , Volume 65 (4) – Oct 23, 2015

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A PHENOMENOLOGICAL APPROACH TO ILLUMINATIONIST PHILOSOPHY: SUHRAWARD'S NR MUJARRAD AND HUSSERL'S REDUCTION Olga Louchakova-Schwartz Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley olouchakova@gmail.com It has been said many times that every system of knowledge needs to be understood in its own terms.1 This brings up the question of whether textual studies conducted along the lines of the history of ideas, that is, studies of ideas per se, are sufficient for understanding postclassical Islamic philosophy. In this essay, I propose a strategy that would complement and clarify the findings of a historical approach (in a manner similar to the semiotic analyses, for example, by Andrei Smirnov and Ian Netton2). This strategy consists of the phenomenological analysis of philosophical meaning as generated by a particular philosopher, including his or her use of philosophical evidence.3 Translations per se are not philosophically neutral.4 As I will show, translations of the work of the founder of Illuminationism, Shihb al-Dn Suhraward, contain implicit rationalistic and idealistic misinterpretations. An idealistic perspective can be traced in Henry Corbin's (1986) translations of ikmat al-Ishrq. The new translation by John Walbridge and Hossein Ziai (Suhraward 1999), which was intended to counterbalance Corbin by emphasizing Suhraward's peripatetic reasoning, shows a rationalistic bias. Both

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Published: Oct 23, 2015

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