Avicenna's Necessary Being

Muhammad Kamal
2016 Open Journal of Philosophy  
This article examines the distinctive characteristics of Avicenna's doctrine of the Necessary Being, arguing that Avicenna developed his doctrine under the influence of Aristotle's metaphysical thinking, but, unlike Aristotle he does not proceed from the distinction between form and matter. Instead, Avicenna has established his doctrine on essence-existence dichotomy. The article also investigates Avicenna's view on God's knowledge of particulars in light of his doctrine of the Necessary Being.
more » ... The article begins by discussing Aristotle's analysis of the meaning of the prime cause and its simplicity. It will then examine the simplicity of the Necessary Being in light of Aristotle's metaphysics.
doi:10.4236/ojpp.2016.62018 fatcat:drkfrcl5kjgwxetapnud4h5aci