IBNA- Works of the first Iranian post-revolution ambassador to the U.S. noted jurisprudent and philosophy scholar Ayatollah Mehdi Ha’eri Yazdi has been reviewed on the occasion of his death anniversary.
According to IBNA correspondent, Ayatollah Mehdi Ha’eri Yazdi (1923-1999) was the son of the Grand Ayatollah Abdul Karim Ha’eri Yazdi, a founder of Qom Seminary.
As the representative of Ayatollah Borujerdi, Mehdi Hae’ri set out for the U.S.A to propagate Islam in the western hemisphere. While propagating Islam in the western world, he studied western philosophy and received his PhD in western philosophy from Toronto University. He was also elected as the master of Islamic philosophy at Toronto. he also taught in the University of McGill.
The Ayatollah who was a master of Islamic Shi’a jurisprudence was also familiar with the philosophical ideas of great Western philosophers such as Descartes, Kant, Hegel as well as Russell and could provide to ground for dialogue between Islamic philosophy and the Western philosophy.
In 1992, Ha’eri published his seminal work ‘The Principles of Epistemology in Islamic Philosophy: Knowledge by Presence’. The book aimed to present Western scholars and philosophers a theme that he considered most important: knowledge by presence - knowledge that arises from immediate and intuitive awareness.
Some of his works in Persian are:
‘Hekmat va Hokumat’ (London 1994); Kavushha-ye Aql-e Nazari, Hiram-e Hasti,
‘Kavushha-ye Aql-e Amali’, ‘Safare Nafs’ (The Journey of Soul) and Falsafeh Tahlili ( Analytical philosophy)
‘The Principles of Epistemology in Islamic Philosophy: Knowledge by Presence’