Eternal Essences, the Ground of Intermediary of Imagination

Document Type : Original Article



Intermediary in ibnʿArabī’s view, is the most basic ontological attribute for imagination in a way that other ontological attributes of imagination can be reduced to this principle. Since in this view, imagination is domain and the present of existential presents of god, it might be asked from ontological point of view how intermediary has manifested in the reality of imagination and where is its origin? In this paper, by appeal to two components, i.e. eternal essences and manifestation as two basic principles of ibnʿArabī’s metaphysics, the manifestation of intermediary will be reduced to the existential status of eternal essences and the metaphysical structure of them in a manner that since the existential status of eternal essences has an intermediary-like status, the same status will be appeared in other degrees of manifestation.