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Mir Damad, Muhammad Baqir (d. 1631)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-H053-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

Mir Damad is primarily a gnostic philosopher, arguing that the activity of the mind makes possible the experience of spiritual visions, while visionary experience gives rise to rational thought. He brings together a variety of different traditions in Islamic philosophy, incorporating both the sort of philosophy advocated by Aristotle and its later development by the Neoplatonists, and combining them with the mystical views of Islamic thinkers. The principles of his thought are the backbone of the celebrated ‘School of Isfahan’, which developed this rich mixture of philosophical traditions even further. His approach to the analysis of being was a considerable extension to previous views on this subject, and enabled him to make important contributions to the notion of time. Mir Damad’s philosophical style is characterized by a treatment of abstract concepts behind which lies the living experience of the mystic.

Citing this article:
Dabashi, Hamid. Mir Damad, Muhammad Baqir (d. 1631), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-H053-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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