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Sa'd ibn Mansur Ibn Kammuna al-Baghdadi and Andrew March

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300203691

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300203691.001.0001

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On Knowledge

On Knowledge

First Gate (p.14)

(p.13) Part I. On Knowledge
Subtle Insights Concerning Knowledge and Practice

Sa‘d ibn Mansur Ibn Kammūna al-Baghdādī

, Y. Tzvi Langermann
Yale University Press

This chapter is a treatise on knowledge. It first discusses the “categories of knowledge” and explicates on what the true knowledge—or the knowledge of “true realities”—consists of. It then introduces the “Supreme Being,” an entity whose name's meaning is rather subtle and rife with philosophical connotations. Afterward, the chapter takes up attributes (properties, descriptions) of the deity that must be confirmed, and another set that must be denied. From there on, the chapter makes a significant refutation of dualism—the counterpart to monotheism—which becomes a major focus of the final section of this chapter. To this end, this chapter demonstrates that the “Governor of the Cosmos” has no partner and also makes a very brief rebuttal of the possibility that there be more than one cosmos.

Keywords:   knowledge, Supreme Being, medieval philosophy, reality, dualism, cosmos, epistemology

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