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Negative Knowledge: The Only Way Available to God's Attributes

Journal: The Journal of Philosophical Theological Research (Vol.9, No. 33)

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Page : 23-52

Keywords : ذات و صفات خدا; معرفت ایجابی; معرفت سلبی (تنزیهی); الهیات سلبی;

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  One of major discussions in the history of theology and philosophy, whether in western or Islamic culture, is whether the reason can gain a positive Knowledge of the divine attributes. The author in this paper has attempted to show, on the basis of both rational proofs and textual proofs, that Negative (or apophatic) Knowledge is the only available Knowledge of God's qualities, so that any attempt to acquire a positive Knowledge is resulted in anthropomorphism, which is false by reason and tradition.

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