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The Essential Seyyed Hossein Nasr
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The Essential Seyyed Hossein Nasr - Hardcover
Author: Seyyed Hossein Nasr 
ISBN: 9789695191866
Year: 2011
Language: English
Pages: 233
Weight: 406 grams
The sensualist and empirical epistemology, which has dominated the horizon of Western man in the modern
period, has succeeded in reducing reality to the world experienced by the external senses, hence limiting the meaning of reality and removing the concept of "reality" as a category pertaining to God. The consequence of this change in the very meaning of reality has been nothing less than catastrophic, reducing God and in fact all spiritual realms of being to the category of the abstract and finally to the unreal. At the base of the loss of the sense of the reality of God by modern man in his daily life lies the philosophic error of reducing the meaning of
reality to the externally experienced world, of altering the meaning of "realist" in its early medieval sense to the
connotation it has gained in various schools of philosophy since the rise of nominalism at the end of the Middle Ages. Cut off from the twin sources of metaphysical knowledge, namely revelation and intellection, and also deprived of that inner spiritual experience which makes possible the concrete realization of higher levels of being, modern man has been confined to such a truncated and limited aspect of reality that of necessity he has lost sight of God as Reality. Also, even if he continues to have faith in the Divinity, the conception of the Divinity as Reality does not at all accord with that empirically determined world view within which he lives and whose
premises he accepts unwittingly or often unconsciously.
It is possible for man to gain knowledge of God and to come to know Him as Reality because of the very nature of human intelligence, which was made to know the Absolute as such. But to gain this knowledge, it is necessary to have access to the twin sources of metaphysical knowledge and certitude, namely revelation and intellection. Moreover, the second is accessible to man in his present state only by virtue of the first, while the fruit of wisdom which it bears lies at the heart of revelation and also resides at the center of man's own being. Reaching the inner man or the heart, which is the seat of the intellect, with the aid of the grace issuing from revelation, and reaching the heart of revelation by means of the penetrating rays of this sanctified intellect enable man to gain an adequate metaphysical knowledge of God as Ultimate Reality and, in the light of this knowledge, an awareness of relativity as relativity or more precisely as veil.
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