On the Idea of Potency: Juridical and Theological Roots of the Western Cultural Tradition, 2016
By: Emanuele Castrucci
Title On the Idea of Potency: Juridical and Theological Roots of the Western Cultural Tradition
Type Monograph
Language English
Date 2016
Publication Place Edinburgh
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Series Encounters in Law & Philosophy: ELP
Categories Law, Surveys, Metaphysics, Politics
Author(s) Emanuele Castrucci
Publisher(s)
Translator(s)
A critique of the metaphysical concept of power and potency in the history of Western jurisprudence Sweeping through the history of Western philosophy of law, Emanuele Castrucci deals with the metaphysical idea of potency as defined by Spinoza and Nietzsche, upsetting entrenched theories of jurisprudence. Castrucci first addresses how the idea of potency can change the meaning of the power ascribed to an omnipotent God. This brings together classical Greek philosophy with Jewish biblical exegesis, which Castrucci links through the juncture of Christianity. He then relates potency to the classical philosophical tradition in Aristotle's Metaphysics and its Arabic interpretations, particularly Ibn Rushd's (Averroës). This leads us to the genesis of natural law theory in Western philosophy, from Augustine to Aquinas and from Duns Scotus to Ockham. Moving on, Castrucci examines the inherently problematic concept of political theology, pitting Spinozan–Nietzschean potency against Kant and Enlightenment natural law to reveal the weaknesses inherent in the Enlightenment system. Finally, Castrucci applies the theories of Carl Schmitt to the philosophical rationalism of the Western tradition, showing us how it has failed to contain absolute power in a juridical sense.

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The heritage of Arabo-Islamic learning: studies presented to Wadad Kadi, 2015
By: Maurice A. Pomerantz (Ed.), Aram A. Shahin (Ed.)
Title The heritage of Arabo-Islamic learning: studies presented to Wadad Kadi
Type Edited Book
Language English
Date 2015
Publication Place Leiden, Boston
Publisher Brill
Series Islamic History and Civilization
Volume 122
Categories Surveys, Theology, Law
Author(s) Maurice A. Pomerantz , Aram A. Shahin
Publisher(s)
Translator(s)
The Arabo-Islamic heritage of the Islam is among the richest, most diverse, and longest-lasting literary traditions in the world. Born from a culture and religion that valued teaching, Arabo-Islamic learning spread from the seventh century and has had a lasting impact until the present.In The Heritage of Arabo-Islamic Learning leading scholars around the world present twenty-five studies explore diverse areas of Arabo-Islamic heritage in honor of a renowned scholar and teacher, Dr. Wadad A. Kadi (Prof. Emerita, University of Chicago). The volume includes contributions in three main areas: History, Institutions, and the Use of Documentary Sources; Religion, Law, and Islamic Thought; Language, Literature, and Heritage which reflect Prof. Kadi’s contributions to the field.

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Political thought in medieval Islam, 2009
By: Erwin I. J. Rosenthal (Ed.)
Title Political thought in medieval Islam
Type Edited Book
Language English
Date 2009
Publication Place Cambridge [u.a.]
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Edition No. Reprinted 1962
Categories Politics, Surveys, Law
Author(s) Erwin I. J. Rosenthal
Publisher(s)
Translator(s)
Muhammad founded a World-State as well as a faith; as Islam spread from its first centres, Muslim political thinkers had to apply the divinely revealed law of the Prophet to new circumstances. They had to relate new realities of power and authority to the ideal constitution which he had laid down and which his immediate successors had elaborated. Against this background Dr Rosenthal discusses the later Muslim philosophers who were influenced by the political thought of Plato and Aristotle. He shows how Greek thought modified the Islamic and yet was always subordinated to Muslim categories of thought and political needs. Dr Rosenthal thus surveys the chief traditions of Islamic political thought from the eighth to the end of the fifteenth centuries. He emphasises the basic unity given by the shared faith of the writers, without diminishing the individuality of each. Orientalists will welcome the book; so will historians of the medieval West, for it shows them the religious, political and intellectual positions underlying the expansion of Islam.

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On the Idea of Potency: Juridical and Theological Roots of the Western Cultural Tradition, 2016
By: Emanuele Castrucci
Title On the Idea of Potency: Juridical and Theological Roots of the Western Cultural Tradition
Type Monograph
Language English
Date 2016
Publication Place Edinburgh
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Series Encounters in Law & Philosophy: ELP
Categories Law, Surveys, Metaphysics, Politics
Author(s) Emanuele Castrucci
Publisher(s)
Translator(s)
A critique of the metaphysical concept of power and potency in the history of Western jurisprudence Sweeping through the history of Western philosophy of law, Emanuele Castrucci deals with the metaphysical idea of potency as defined by Spinoza and Nietzsche, upsetting entrenched theories of jurisprudence. Castrucci first addresses how the idea of potency can change the meaning of the power ascribed to an omnipotent God. This brings together classical Greek philosophy with Jewish biblical exegesis, which Castrucci links through the juncture of Christianity. He then relates potency to the classical philosophical tradition in Aristotle's Metaphysics and its Arabic interpretations, particularly Ibn Rushd's (Averroës). This leads us to the genesis of natural law theory in Western philosophy, from Augustine to Aquinas and from Duns Scotus to Ockham. Moving on, Castrucci examines the inherently problematic concept of political theology, pitting Spinozan–Nietzschean potency against Kant and Enlightenment natural law to reveal the weaknesses inherent in the Enlightenment system. Finally, Castrucci applies the theories of Carl Schmitt to the philosophical rationalism of the Western tradition, showing us how it has failed to contain absolute power in a juridical sense.

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Political thought in medieval Islam, 2009
By: Erwin I. J. Rosenthal (Ed.)
Title Political thought in medieval Islam
Type Edited Book
Language English
Date 2009
Publication Place Cambridge [u.a.]
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Edition No. Reprinted 1962
Categories Politics, Surveys, Law
Author(s) Erwin I. J. Rosenthal
Publisher(s)
Translator(s)
Muhammad founded a World-State as well as a faith; as Islam spread from its first centres, Muslim political thinkers had to apply the divinely revealed law of the Prophet to new circumstances. They had to relate new realities of power and authority to the ideal constitution which he had laid down and which his immediate successors had elaborated. Against this background Dr Rosenthal discusses the later Muslim philosophers who were influenced by the political thought of Plato and Aristotle. He shows how Greek thought modified the Islamic and yet was always subordinated to Muslim categories of thought and political needs. Dr Rosenthal thus surveys the chief traditions of Islamic political thought from the eighth to the end of the fifteenth centuries. He emphasises the basic unity given by the shared faith of the writers, without diminishing the individuality of each. Orientalists will welcome the book; so will historians of the medieval West, for it shows them the religious, political and intellectual positions underlying the expansion of Islam.

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The heritage of Arabo-Islamic learning: studies presented to Wadad Kadi, 2015
By: Maurice A. Pomerantz (Ed.), Aram A. Shahin (Ed.)
Title The heritage of Arabo-Islamic learning: studies presented to Wadad Kadi
Type Edited Book
Language English
Date 2015
Publication Place Leiden, Boston
Publisher Brill
Series Islamic History and Civilization
Volume 122
Categories Surveys, Theology, Law
Author(s) Maurice A. Pomerantz , Aram A. Shahin
Publisher(s)
Translator(s)
The Arabo-Islamic heritage of the Islam is among the richest, most diverse, and longest-lasting literary traditions in the world. Born from a culture and religion that valued teaching, Arabo-Islamic learning spread from the seventh century and has had a lasting impact until the present.In The Heritage of Arabo-Islamic Learning leading scholars around the world present twenty-five studies explore diverse areas of Arabo-Islamic heritage in honor of a renowned scholar and teacher, Dr. Wadad A. Kadi (Prof. Emerita, University of Chicago). The volume includes contributions in three main areas: History, Institutions, and the Use of Documentary Sources; Religion, Law, and Islamic Thought; Language, Literature, and Heritage which reflect Prof. Kadi’s contributions to the field.

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