Wednesday, February 27, 2019
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute
111 Thayer St.
As a response to Avicenna’s growing influence, the twelfth century (C.E.) marks the emergence of the genre of refutation of the philosophers. The focus of this talk are al-Ghazālī’s (d. 1111), al-Shahrastānī’s (d. 1153), and Ibn al-Malāḥimī’s (d. 1141) refutations, with special attention to their treatment of the subject of God’s knowledge. While all three authors criticized the philosophers, they did so in accordance with their own ideological commitments. A look at their chapters on divine knowledge offers an insight into the highly controversial question of the nature and extent of God’s knowledge, and sheds light on the characteristic features of the genre of refutation.