Al-Fārābī and Aristotelian Syllogistics: Greek Theory and Islamic Practice

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BRILL, 1994 - Social Science - 351 pages
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"Al-F?r?b? and Aristotelian Syllogistics" deals with an important chapter in the history of Aristotelian logic in early medieval Islam and offers a unique and comprehensive analysis of the writings of the outstanding Muslim philosopher Ab? Nasr al-F?r?b? (d. 950/51). The first part focuses on a wide range of subjects relating to syllogistic theory proper; the second part deals with its application in the context of Islamic law and theology, and concludes with an in-depth analysis of the way in which Aristotelian logic came to be integrated into Muslim political thought. The sections on syllogistic theory proper are especially important for those interested in the history of Arabic logic; the remaining sections are required reading for historians of Islamic law, theology, and Islamic political philosophy.
 

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Contents

The Sources
1
THE SYLLOGISM AND ITS KINDS
40
TECHNICAL TERMS AND EXPRESSIONS
64
THE ASSERTORIC SYLLOGISM
99
INDUCTION
133
THE PARADIGM
176
THE Istidldl bilShdhid cald lGhSib
204
The Qiyds Fiqhi
233
RELIGION PHILOSOPHY AND LOGIC
259
Concluding Remarks
292
Index of Primary Sources
313
Index of Arabic Manuscripts
334
Key to Logical Symbols and Expressions
352
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Joep Lameer, Ph.D. (1992) in Arabic and Islamic studies (Leiden), is affiliated with the Faculty of Philosophy of Leiden University. A specialist in the history of Arabic logic, he is currently preparing a study on modal theories in medieval Islam.

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