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Theories of Ethical Value in Kalam: A New Interpretation

Shihadeh, Ayman (2016) 'Theories of Ethical Value in Kalam: A New Interpretation.' In: Schmidtke, Sabine, (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Islamic Theology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 384-407.

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Abstract

This article offers a new interpretation of the debate on the nature of ethical value in the developed kalām tradition. After situating the problem in the broad context of theodicy, it proposes to revise the reading, conventional since George Hourani’s studies published in the early seventies, of the ethical realism propounded in Baṣran and Baghdādī Muʿtazilism and of the rival views of classical Ashʿarism. It argues that the latter school did not subscribe to a simple divine command theory of ethics, but in fact grounded this theory in a fairly developed anti-realism, which became the basis for the more sophisticated consequentialist ethics advanced in neo-Ashʿarite sources.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
ISBN: 9780199696703
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199696703.013.007
Depositing User: Ayman Shihadeh
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2012 10:35
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/13673

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