Seyyed Hossein Nasr

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The Philosophy of Seyyed Hossein Nasr

(Volume XXVIII, 2001)

"I consider modernism as a philosophy whose very premises and assumptions I oppose and against which I have written for over four decades. But the hands of destiny have placed me in this day and age and by virtue of that fact I am a contemporary.... The presence of the perennial or traditional point of view is as much a part of the contemporary scene as modernist phenomena and ideas themselves."

So declares Seyyed Hossein Nasr in this valuable contribution to the LLP series. Against the tide of most Western philosophy, whether analytic or continental, Professor Nasr has consistently argued for a traditionalist view of philosophy that nevertheless remains in intelligent and informed engagement and dialog with the modernist positions he wishes to challenge. 

Table of Contents

Seyyed Hossein Nasr: Intellectual Autobiography 

Seyyed Hossein Nasr

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Muhammad Suheyl Umar: "From the Niche of Prophecy": Nasr's Position on Islamic Philosophy Within The Islamic Tradition in Excerpts and Commentary 
Huston Smith: Nasr's Defense of the Perennial Philosophy
Robert Cummings Neville: Perennial Philosophy in a Public Context 
Sallie B. King: The Philosophia Perennis and the Religions of the World 
Arvind Sharma: Revisioning Classical Hinduism Through Philosophia Perennis 
Shu-hsien Liu: Reflections on Tradition and Modernity: A Response toe Seyyed Hossein Nasr from a Neo-Confucian Perspective 
Ernest Wolf-Gazo: Nasr and the Quest for the Sacred 
Kenneth K. Inada: Buddhist Creative Metaphysics and Islamic Thought
George F. McLean and Richard K. Khuri: Seyyed Hossein Nasr on Time and Eternity
Eliot Deutsch: Seyyed Hossein Nasr's Philosophy of Art
Luce López-Baralt: Knowledge of the Sacred: The Mystical Poetry of Seyyed Hossein Nasr
A. K. Saran: A Nasr Sentence: Some Comments
Ibrahim Kalin: The Sacred versus the Secular: Nasr on Science
Wolfgang Smith: Sophia Perennis and Modern Science
Giovanni Monasta: Seyyed Hossein Nasr: Religion, Nature, and Science
Ashok K. Gangadean: The Quest for the Universal Global Science
Mehdi Aminrazavi: Philospohia Perennis and Scientia Sacra in a Postmodern World
Archie J. Bahm: Nasr's Absolute Everything and Nothing
Judy D. Saltzman: The Concept of Spiritual Knowledge in the Philosophy of Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Zailan Moris: The Essential Relation Between Revelation and Philosophy in Islam and Its importance in Understanding the Nature and History of Islamic Philosophy
David B. Burrell: Islamic Philosophical Theology
Leonard Lewisohn: Sufism in the Thought of S. H. Nasr
William C. Chittick: The Absent Men in Islamic Cosmology
Pierre Lory: Know the World to Know Yourself
Parviz Morewedge: The Transcendent Spirit, Private Language Fallacy, and the Islamization of Ibn Sînâ: Reflections on the Work of S. H. Nasr
Hossein Ziai: Nûr al-Fu'âd, a Nineteenth-Century Persian Text in Illuminationist Philosophy by Shihâb al-Dîn Kumîjânî
Enes Karic: Nasr: Thinker of the Sacred
Marietta Stepaniants: Seyyed Hossein Nasr: Apologist or Reformer of Islam?
Lucian W. Stone, Jr.: Perennial Philosophy Now: The Case of Wilâyat-î Faqîh

Bibliography of the Writings of Seyyed Hossein Nasr