Title

God, information and the world: The metaphysics of william Dembski and al-ghazālī

Source of Publication

Philosophy

Abstract

© The Royal Institute of Philosophy, 2019 This article intends to review William Dembski's recent monograph entitled Being as Communion: A Metaphysics of Information, in which he establishes an entire information-centric metaphysics. This viewpoint is compared with al-Ghazālī's perspective, a Muslim philosophical theologian from the Medieval period. It is concluded that what Dembski defines as information, which for him is the ontological basis of the natural world, seems remarkably close to al-Ghazālī's notion of God's will and omnipotence. This article is an explorative comparison of their metaphysical frameworks that are discussed in light of modern scientific developments, highlighting their differences and similarities.

Document Type

Article

First Page

547

Last Page

576

Publication Date

10-1-2019

DOI

10.1017/S0031819119000196

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Shoaib Ahmed Malik, Zayed University

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