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Self awareness in Islamic philosophy: avicenna and beyond

By: Kaukua, Jari.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New Delhi Cambridge University Press 2015Description: x, 257 p.ISBN: 9781107460805.Subject(s): Self - Philosophy | Self-consciousness - Awareness | Islamic philosophy | Self consciousness - SensitivityDDC classification: 126.088297 Summary: This important book investigates the emergence and development of a distinct concept of self-awareness in post-classical, pre-modern Islamic philosophy. Jari Kaukua presents the first extended analysis of Avicenna's arguments on self-awareness - including the flying man, the argument from the unity of experience, the argument against reflection models of self-awareness and the argument from personal identity - arguing that all these arguments hinge on a clearly definable concept of self-awareness as pure first-personality. He substantiates his interpretation with an analysis of Suhrawardī's use of Avicenna's concept and Mullā Sadrā's revision of the underlying concept of selfhood. The study explores evidence for a sustained, pre-modern and non-Western discussion of selfhood and self-awareness, challenging the idea that these concepts are distinctly modern, European concerns. The book will be of interest to a range of readers in history of philosophy, history of ideas, Islamic studies and philosophy of mind. https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/selfawareness-in-islamic-philosophy/CA8C4D24647D871DC54301BCB1DD4053#fndtn-information
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Table of contents

Introduction
1. Preliminary observations: self-cognition and Avicennian psychology
2. Avicenna and the phenomenon of self-awareness: the experiential basis of the flying man
3. Self-awareness as existence: Avicenna on the individuality of an incorporeal substance
4. In the first person: Avicenna's concept of self-awareness reconstructed
5. Self-awareness without substance: from Abu al-Barakat al-Baghdadi to Suhrawardi
6. Self-awareness, presence, appearance: the ishraqi context
7. Mulla Sadra on self-awareness
8. The self reconsidered: Sadrian revisions to the Avicennian concept
Conclusion: who is the I?
Appendix: Arabic terminology related to self-awareness
Bibliography
Index.

This important book investigates the emergence and development of a distinct concept of self-awareness in post-classical, pre-modern Islamic philosophy. Jari Kaukua presents the first extended analysis of Avicenna's arguments on self-awareness - including the flying man, the argument from the unity of experience, the argument against reflection models of self-awareness and the argument from personal identity - arguing that all these arguments hinge on a clearly definable concept of self-awareness as pure first-personality. He substantiates his interpretation with an analysis of Suhrawardī's use of Avicenna's concept and Mullā Sadrā's revision of the underlying concept of selfhood. The study explores evidence for a sustained, pre-modern and non-Western discussion of selfhood and self-awareness, challenging the idea that these concepts are distinctly modern, European concerns. The book will be of interest to a range of readers in history of philosophy, history of ideas, Islamic studies and philosophy of mind.

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