Avicenna

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Cornell University Press, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 261 pages
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In this updated edition of his classic work, Lenn E. Goodman provides a concise introduction to the life and thought of Abu Ali al-Husain ibn Abdallah ibn Sina, known as Avicenna, who was born in the year 980 C.E. near Bokhara in what is now Uzbekistan and died 1037 C.E. in Hamadan, now in Iran.
 

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As is noticeable in the Google excerpts, the first paragraph of the first chapter opens with a description of Iran's location and then of the historical setting, the coming of Arab Muslim armies in the 8th century (CE), etc. So the previous reviewer did not read very carefully.

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I was unfortunatley disappointed by this book. This book although very detailed is very disorganized. Certain historical facts are not mentioned for instance the fact that Avicenna was a Persian. Also the book, lacks a full evaluation of his contributions. I would say this is an OK read, but certainly lacks the desired organization.  

Contents

LIFE TIMES WRITINGS
1
2 Ibn Sinas Youth
11
3 Wanderjahre
19
4 The Years at Isfahan
30
METAPHYSICS
49
2 Ibn Sina Synthesis
61
3 Criticism and Response
83
IDEAS AND IMMORTALITY
123
3 The Substrate of Immortality
163
LOGIC PERSUASION AND POETRY
184
1 Avicennas Propositional Logic
188
2 Avicenna on the Art of Persuasion
211
3 Avicennas Poetics
216
Glossary
235
Bibliography
241
Index
255

1 The Possibility of Knowledge
129
2 The Substance of the Soul
149

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About the author (2006)

Lenn E. Goodman is professor of philosophy and Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University. His books include "Creation and Evolution", "Islamic Humanism", "In Defense of Truth", "Jewish and Islamic Philosophy: Crosspollinations in the Classic Age", "Avicenna", "On Justice", and "Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself." He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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