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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Abul ʿAla Al-Maʿarri (973-1057)



Al-Ma'arri's Ontology





The Freethinker

Reasonable non-belief

Inquiry trumps faith. 



The Skeptic

Lack of empirical evidence

Discovery trumps revelation. 



The Secularist

Inconsistent revelations 

Reason trumps custom. 


The Humanist 

The argument from evil

Autonomy trumps piety.







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