A Glance Over Contemporary Philosophy

philosophyThe debate in philosophy about the reality of phenomenon scattered around us is an old one – is their existence real or just an illusion? There exists two schools of thoughts in this regard: materialism and idealism. The materialists are of the view that matter and material objects are for real and would last forever. They believe that it is eternal and continues to change its form, but the overall existence does not alter. Contrary to this, the idealists do not recognise the reality of matter. For them it is mere illusion and material objects are only puppets or shadows. Both of these philosophies are known as Monism. However another concept of dualism that takes cognizance of matter and reality beyond matter also exists. This finds echo in all religions including Islam. They recognise matter as well as reality beyond matter. Scores of verses could be quoted from the Quran on this score.

The modern philosophy has four schools of thought: dualism, idealism, materialism, and agnosticism. Of these, only materialism confronts religion. Idealism does not, as a universal mind only supports the existence of God. Agnosticism is by itself no positive ideology, but only an asylum for such of the scientists and thinkers who saunter between idealism and materialism and take a neutral stance. Their dilemma is  least represented by the fact that the modern scientific discoveries have annihilated materialism. They are, hence, scared of being seen on the side of the materialists, but they are weary of siding with the religion too. Thus, they ply in between.


About Imran Ali

IMRAN ALI, is an up-coming writer and columnist. His studies were interrupted when he, as a child of 14, simply told his father M. Sulemen, a businessman, that he just can't get what his school teacher teaches paying little attention to the weak students of the class. So, on a promise that he'll 'study at home' he never again saw the face of the school, though he carried his studies well to fullfill the promise of his; his experience as a volunteer(a dedicated social worker) provided him with material for his articles and writings. He first gained attention with ''Aurangzed as he was'' and ''New world Order 'Vs' Just world Order'' (September 2011, The Companion, English monthly, and several other magazines), probably his finest articles. Next 10 year he coming with his debut novel, and is fully dedicated on it's research. Taken together, his articles present a broad, naturalistic picture of Indian life. His subjects include History, the Indian peasantry, the bureaucracy, life of a downtrodden Indians and have nots, the emotional problems of the different classes, and, ominously, hallucination, Very new in Style and to Approach, Combining psychoanalysis with human behaviour. His writings well captures the collective psyche of the world as a whole. He's been a district level boxer. Known as a peoples magnet in his vast friends circle, and a booklover who humorously with pride discloses, '' I've read over hundreds of books relating to arts, literature, science, metaphysics, naturopathy and psychlogy. So, the conclusion here is easy to derive, that i, who was raised from childhood in a modern muslim belief have been mostly preferring reading all kinds of books rather than writing!'' His reading since childhood, has been mostly centered around knowing the truths[truth here means of all kinds humans ever categorized, mysteries and human psyche has given me a better understanding of the human soul, mind and spirit in collaboration with my Islamic teachings.] Since he started his reading at the age of 15 reading Stories of literary giants, like Leo tolstoy, George Orwell, and Guy de muppasant and many Indian masters like Sir Mohammed Iqbal(The Poet Of the East), Margret Marcus, Leopold weiss, and Manto. And their collective influence made me search for my own moorings, adapting my father's style of srorytelling. In the beginning, there was nothing magnificent in acquiring all this, from books, as it was nothing more beside his own interest, and his interest to help morally deprived and confused men he used to meet in parties and gatherings. And amazingly, only a few years back, an up an coming, extraordinarily talented writer and one of his closest friends of his, who always loved his ideas gave rise to a writer hiding somewhere inside him. When while sipping the tea he insisted him to collect his ideas in a diary which keep on counselling youngmen of varieties every third day resulting in a great interruption in our appointed informational communication. Suddenly, at the very instinct, the idea occured in his mind of writing down these ideas effectively, concisely and pertaining to the questions of todays' youth who are short of time resolving them. And with him as his inspiration, he picked up the pen, and started unfolding, writing in the name of the architect of this whole universe. Which is none other than ''Allah.''

4 comments on “A Glance Over Contemporary Philosophy

  1. Gud One……..

  2. Materialism has an enormous ability when it explains the material side in the human life, but if we look at the non- materialism side (the moral, the beauty and the spiritual) its ability fades and become invalid.
    What’s problem with materialism that it insists to explain everything in the whole life including “Human” and combines the laws of solid bodies (in physics) with the human life and existence…
    And you’re right, it has become a contemporary philosophy…
    It’s good to see your articles again….

  3. Imran always does something which is unexpected, which makes people say-ooh! He has got a good eye!

  4. Keep it up!!!!

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