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There is a pervasive and far-reaching congruence of Aristotle and the Bahá’í Writings. This Aristotelian substratum makes it is possible to resolve many apparent paradoxes in the Writings.
Presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #42, London (July 19-21, 2002). Mirrored with permission from

The Aristotelian Substratum of the Bahá'í Writings

by Ian Kluge

published in Lights of Irfan, 4, pages 17-78
Wilmette, IL: Irfan Colloquia, 2003

1.1. Using Aristotle
1.2. Plato and Neoplatonism
2. Physics
2.1. The Co-eternity of Matter
2.2. Motion and Change
2.3. Autopoesis
2.4. God as First Mover
2.5. Emanationism and Divine Personalism
2.6. A Theoretical Interlude: Other Similarities Regarding God
2.7. Causality in Physics
2.8. Consequences of Four-Fold Causality
2.9. The Consequences for Biology and Evolutionism
2.10. The Consequences for the Unity of Science and Religion
2.11. The Consequences for Epistemology
2.12. The Great Chain of Being
2.13. The Structure of the Cosmos
3. The Soul
3.1. Rational Soul as Humankind’s Essential Attribute
3.2. Rational Soul as Immortal
3.3. Soul as Substance
3.4. Mind / Matter—Mind / Body Dualism
3.5. The Body / Soul Connection
4. Epistemology: Mind and Brain
4.1. Reality is Discovered Not Constructed
4.2. Epistemological Realism and the Correspondence Theory of Truth
4.3. The Reality of Attributes
5. The Analysis of Reality
5.1. A Brief Crash Course: Subsistence, Attribute, Essence
5.2. God as Substance
5.3. The Soul as Substance
5.4. Other Uses of Substance
5.5. Hylomorphism: Matter and Form
5.6. Essences
5.7. Essences and Epistemology
5.8. Potential
5.9. Essences and Potentials
5.10. Essence vs. Existence
5.11. Substance-Attribute Ontology
6. Logic and Rationality
7. Ethics
7.1. Happiness as Final Goal
7.2. Happiness as Appropriate Actualization
7.3. The Acquisition of Virtues
7.4. The Acquisition of Virtues and Free Will
7.5. Evil
7.6. Agreement on Particular Virtues
8. Statecraft
8.1. The Active State
8.2. The Organic State
8.3. Rational Rights and Freedoms
9. A Difference Regarding God
10. Why the Aristotelian Foundation?
11. Practical Applications

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