Physical expression of philosophy
Its Ahsan from khi..
I am doing thesis, but for me its an experiment to know: What will be the physical expression of philosophy. I am trying to find out. The philosopher I chose is Al-Farabi and I am working on his theory of Emanation.

How should I continue it? I still have not decided the project or building type. Please respond.
Shamim Ahsan
Physical expression of philosophy
Why not start with explaning the Theory of Emanation. A real discussion would be welcome. The same old please help with my thesis is getting redundant.
Shiraz Allibhai
Physical expression of philosophy
Shamim and Shiraz, I was about to leap into this topic (and put both feet in my mouth), when I thought, I should see what Wikipedia has to say on Al-Farabi and I printed out 15 pages (the last six pages were footnotes) on Al-Farabi, an amazing philosopher at whose feet I would have willing sat, if I had lived during his lifetime.

I had thought of Sufism when I read Shamim`s topic and the Wikipedia entry says "His work, aimed at a synthesis of philosophy and Sufism, paved the way for the work of Ibn Sina (Avicenna)."

The only sour note in this Wiki entry is the assumption that Al-Farabi thought in terms of Psychology and yet the word Psychology is of very recent origin. And I say `sour note` because the attribution of Psychology to early philosophers creates myth, not truth.

Anyway, I am very impressed with the explanation of his philosphical thought, metaphysics and cosmology and in particular with the first two paragraphs on page 7, starting with First Cause and the words "...the cascade of emanation continues until it reaches the tenth intellect, beneath which is the material world. And as each intellect must contemplate both itself and an increasing number of predecessors, each succeeding level of existence becomes more and more complex."

In other words, these levels of intellect rise from the very complex up to the simplex, so that the principles of thought for each level become simpler and simpler. However, simple does not mean reductive.

On a practical level, the book on Sufism "A Sense of Unity" by Ardalan and Bakhtiar (published by UCP) and the book "Process and Pattern" by Al-Bayati (published by AARP) should be of some use.

And on a theoretical or metaphysical level, given that "each intellect must contemplate itself and an increasing number of predecessors (other levels of intellect)", I would imagine that a Fractal Morph design would answer.
Frank John Snelling
Physical expression of philosophy
It would be a shame not to explore this topic because thought can be even more beautiful than architecture.
Frank John Snelling


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