عنوان مقاله [English]
Despite two thousand years of Aristotle’s dominion over philosophy, it is quite surprising that his most important concepts are still very controversial and prone to conflicting interpretations. One of the most central of these controversial concepts is the idea of the divine.
The present article gives a comprehensive picture of Aristotle’s theology, which includes his views put forth in both the exoteric and the esoteric works. The first step to take is to show the falsity of those views which have reduced Aristotle’s theology to a mere study of the principles of natural sciences, and which attributed the divine characteristic of his theology to the heretic interpretations of Moslem commentators and philosophers. The next step is to prove the central position of theology in Aristotle via examples both from Metaphysics and some exoteric works of his. The article will particularly focus on some examples from Aristotle’s On Philosophy in order to portray the delicacy and depth of divine air about his thought.