“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Arabic Speculative Metaphysicians 1: Al-Kindi


He's in my good books already since he wrote on environmental pollution. Lived c. 800–870 C.E. I like the title of his treatise On First Philosophy. He argues that the Universe must not be eternal (copy that). He advocates a rigorous negative theology. God as absolute unicity.

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