Averroes and the teleological argument

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Abstract

The proofs for God's existence advanced in the most prominent theological work of Averroes (d. 1198), the Kitâb al-kashf, have been neglected, largely because the book has commonly - and correctly - been viewed as being meant for popular consumption. This article argues that although Averroes' arguments are non-technical, the Commentator nevertheless takes pains not to speak against his philosophical beliefs. Averroes distinguishes between inductive and deductive arguments, with conventional arguments from design falling into the former camp. Averroes also assigns a place for teleological argumentation when assigning a special role for the prime mover within the hierarchy of unmoved movers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-428
Number of pages24
JournalReligious Studies
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy

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