Mulla Sadra & Bodily Created-ness of the Soul

Abstract

In this paper I would like to evaluate the real philosophical value of Mulladrā's doctrine about the created-ness of the soul. This inquiry requires the researcher to investigate the soundness of Mull adrā's novel psychological findings. "Substantial motion" (al-ªarakah al-jawharyyah) and the "gradation of existence" (al-tashkīk fī marātib al-wujūd) are the two main philosophical principles formulated and implied by our philosopher regarding the elaboration of his theory on the soul's developmental process. Unlike other Muslim philosophers Mulla Sadra attempted to prove that human soul comes into existence and develops within the corporeal realm and then switches into immateriality. He is therefore faced with the challenging question of link and unity of material and immaterial substances.