Some Answered Questions:
A Philosophical Perspective

By Ian Kluge

First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #86
Louhelen Bahá'í School: Davison, Michigan, USA
October 9–12, 2008
(see list of papers from #86)

published in Lights of Irfan, volume 10, pages 149-274
© 2009, ‘Irfán Colloquia

    By identifying and examining the philosophical positions explicitly and implicitly embedded in Some Answered Questions, this paper calls attention to the philosophical foundations of the Bahá'í teachings. The goal is to understand these teachings philosophically, as distinct from understanding them historically or theologically for example. The areas covered are ontology, onto-theology, epistemology, philosophical anthropology and psychology, and personal and social ethics. This paper also identifies those philosophical views with which the positions taken in Some Answered Questions have the greatest natural affinity.

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