Title

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

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Shoaib Ahmed Malik, Zayed University

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

Philosophy

Publication Date

10-1-2019

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.

ISSN

0031-8191

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Volume

94

Issue

4

First Page

547

Last Page

576

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities

Scopus ID

85072261337

Indexed in Scopus

yes

Open Access

no

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