al-Farabi on Recognition - Dictionary of Arguments
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Recognition/al-Farabi/Höffe: Decisive for al-Fārābī, for its epistemological relationship between philosophy and revelation and for a punch line of political philosophy, the philosopher-prophet rule, is a theory of the active mind or active intellect. This one, who enables all human beings to the insights essential to them, is also responsible for the higher levels of knowledge, for revelation and finally for philosophy. But since only philosophy uses exclusively the rational part of the soul, it is considered superior to revelation.
Revelation: This requires, in fact, what philosophy does not need, a capacity that is located between reason and sensuality, the imagination, which reaches its highest level in the visions of prophets(1).
1. al-Farabi, On the perfect state, Chap. 14, § 9_____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
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