The Idea And The Origins Of Becoming Like God In Avicenna


Komurcuoglu Ş.

ANALES DEL SEMINARIO DE HISTORIA DE LA FILOSOFIA, vol.37, no.3, pp.369-380, 2020 (Journal Indexed in AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 37 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.5209/ashf.65955
  • Title of Journal : ANALES DEL SEMINARIO DE HISTORIA DE LA FILOSOFIA
  • Page Numbers: pp.369-380
  • Keywords: Aristotle, Avicenna, becoming like god, homoiosis theoi, godlikeness, love, manifestation, Plato, Plotinus

Abstract

This study aims to examine how becoming like God is handled in Avicenna's philosophy. Basically the article is based on the need to interpret that Plato and Aristotle and Plotinus are philosophers that complement each other, not diverge, in terms of the topic of becoming like God. First and foremost I present Avicenna's arguments using the concepts of becoming like god (tesebbuh billah) and becoming like the First (tesebbuh bi'l-evvel) as a springboard. Moreover, based on the context in which Avicenna uses the concept of manifestation (tecelli), I examine how the idea of unification with God is transformed into an intellectual ideal. In the last section, I present the connection between the journey of becoming a perfected human and becoming like god which was established in the Metaphysics volume of The Book of Healing (es-Sifa) as a section of the matter which is related to ethics.