on Atomism vs Hylomorphism

and "Islamization of Science"
by Sh. G. F. Haddad

For those who are interested in philosophy I'm honored to present the author of these two articles on Islamic philosophy. Dr. Adi Setia is currently Assistant Professor of History & Philosophy of Science in the Department of General Studies at the International Islamic University Malaysia.

The abstract of the first article, "Atomism versus hylomorphism in the kalam of al-Fakhr al-Din al-Razi: A preliminary survey of the Matalib al-'Aliyyah," states:

"Hylomorphism (theory of matter and form) and atomism (theory of atoms and accidents) have been the two main Islamic physical theories attempting to account for the structure of the world, the former defended by the philosophers (falasifah) and the other by the theologians (mutakallimun). Among the most articulate, erudite and effective defender of atomism is the formidable, 6th/12th century mutakallim, Fakhr al-Din al-Razi. Here, his geometrical arguments for atomism are presented along with an explanation as to why the mutakallimun as a whole, even until today, are so committed to atomism and occasionalism.", x L 20120706

The abstract of the second article, "Three meanings of Islamic science: toward operationalizing Islamization of science," states:

"The twin historical and philosophical meanings of Islamic science are to be integrated into a third operative, programmatic meaning pertaining to the systemic reapplication of Islamic cognitive and ethical values to science and technology in the contemporary world. This will involve critical integration of the scientific endeavor into the conceptual framework of the Islamic worldview, and the concomitant explication of the cognitive, methodological, and axiological implications of such integration for present and future scientific research. This operative redefinition of Islamic science will render it into a new over-arching 'paradigm' or 'research program' pregnant with novel methodological and empirical implications (and hence, novel discoveries) for remanifesting the Islamic worldview in everyday individual and societal life through the vision and practice of a non-Western, authentically Islamic science and technology geared first and foremost toward identifying and solving the true problems and satisfying the real needs of the Ummah."

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GF Haddad
[SP 2007]

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