Tendencies in the Perception of the West by Iranian Intellectuals

Gösken, Urs (2008). Tendencies in the Perception of the West by Iranian Intellectuals (Unpublished). In: Deutsche Orientalistentage. University of Freiburg, Germany. 27.-29.09.2008.

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In Iranian intellectual history, the first attempt to deal with Western philosophy critically was made by two representatives of the religious institution, Moḥammad Ḥoseyn Ṭabāṭabāʾī and Mortażā Moṭahharī (1902-1979 and 1920-1980, respectively). Ṭabāṭabāʾī, in the early 1950s, tried to formulate a philosophically grounded answer to the influx of Western philosophical teachings, notably Marxism and positivism, in his text 'The Principles of Philosophy and the Method of Realism' that became supplemented by a commentary, designed to make the main text understandable to a wider public, by Ṭabāṭabāʾī's student Moṭahharī. Both scholars deal with modern Western philosophy on the basis of Mullā Ṣadrā's (d. 1640) ontological realism.

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06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institut für Studien zum Nahen Osten und zu muslimischen Gesellschaften

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Gösken, Urs


200 Religion > 290 Other religions
100 Philosophy
100 Philosophy > 110 Metaphysics
100 Philosophy > 120 Epistemology
100 Philosophy > 180 Ancient, medieval & eastern philosophy
100 Philosophy > 190 Modern western philosophy
200 Religion
900 History
900 History > 950 History of Asia




Urs Gösken

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15 Dec 2016 16:26

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05 Dec 2022 14:59

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Paper published 2008: Gösken, Urs (2008). Tendenzen der Westwahrnehmung bei iranischen Intellektuellen. Asiatische Studien / Etudes asiatiques AS/EA, 62(1), pp. 323-353. de Gruyter 10.5169/seals-147776



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