Al-Allaf, Mashhad Books
Mashhad Al-Allaf is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toledo. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee.2008 0-7734-5034-3
This work is an excellent resource for better understanding the Islamic faith. The study incorporates short stories, tables, and charts into this comprehensive introduction to the complexities of Islam.
This book presents Islamic philosophy from within the Islamic tradition and on its own terms. The ideas of the Muslim philosophers based on the primary texts are analyzed, and then the arguments are structured, rather than just tracking their ideas in a traditional historical method. This presentation is necessary and helpful not only to the understanding of Islamic civilization, but also to the very understanding of the roots of modern western philosophy.
Locke’s account of the problem of cohesion reflects a serious difficulty in his philosophy because of the way in which he relates it to the problem of substance in his search for something that not only underlies all properties in the traditional Aristotelian sense, but also holds the constituents of matter together. Contrary to common interpretation, this book argues that Locke did not have in mind a metaphysical entity which underlies qualities. Rather, he was more inclined to think that something like a cohesive power is what functions as the “bond” that hold holds together, not only the qualities of a substance, but its individual corpuscles, and on a deeper level even the parts of the corpuscle. In order to prove this, the study seeks first to clarify the nature of qualities in Locke’s thought; then moves on to address Locke’s account of substance in its relation to the concepts of real essence and cohesion; next the problem of cohesion is examined in detail before, finally, a explanation is offered of why cohesion cannot be described in terms of an act of divine superaddition in Locke’s philosophy.