Please post you comments by Sunday night. I’ll add some leading questions later in the week.
Alfarabi thoughts: This is a very difficult reading. What is the hierarchy he is describing? How does he use the Aristotelian theory of form and matter to describe the larger structure of the universe? Can you identify a theory of vision in his analogy that uses the sun and transparency? Do you get the feeling that there is a repeating structure from prime matter up to the Agent Intellect up, and up to the One? What is this structure and does differ going up from going down?
Hayy thoughts: Can you find some, parts of some, or all of the 5 Pillars of Islam in the story: One God and Muhammad is his messenger, daily prayer x5, charity, Fasting during Ramadan, and Pilgrimage to Mecca. Can you find other rituals of a similar nature? You might be interested in reading up on Muhammad’s “Night Journey” [Isra and Mi'raj] and stories about the Ka’aba. How do the terms “in power” and “in act” relate to the terms found in the Alfarabi reading? Can you figure out a correlation? How did our character, Hayy, differentiate himself from plants and animals?