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Abdu’l-Bahá explored four sources of knowledge—sensory perception, reason, intuition, and tradition—to examine the importance of scripture, limitations of human knowledge, distinctions between objective and subjective knowledge, and between human/divine.

Reflections on the Epistemological Views of 'Abdu'l-Bahá

by Mikhail Sergeev

published in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 22:1-4, pages 89-104
Ottawa: Association for Bahá'í Studies North America, 2012
About: The paper discusses ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s epistemological views by addressing the four sources of knowledge as explored by Him in various talks and books. These categories include sensory perception, reason, intuition, and tradition. This discourse systematizes ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s epistemology in the context of global philosophy, focusing on a number of issues that are of special concern for modern western thought. These concerns deal with subjects such as the importance of scriptures and the limitations of human knowledge. The paper also analyzes the distinction between objective and subjective knowledge, and between human and divine knowledge.
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