Interpreting Avicenna: Critical Essays

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Peter Adamson
Cambridge University Press, Jul 4, 2013 - Philosophy - 300 pages
Avicenna is the greatest philosopher of the Islamic world. His immense impact on Christian and Jewish medieval thought, as well as on the subsequent Islamic tradition, is charted in this volume alongside studies which provide a comprehensive introduction to and analysis of his philosophy. Contributions from leading scholars address a wide range of topics including Avicenna's life and works, conception of philosophy and achievement in logic and medicine. His ideas in the main areas of philosophy, such as epistemology, philosophy of religion and physics, are also analyzed. While serving as a general introduction to Avicenna's thought, this collection of critical essays also represents the cutting edge of scholarship on this most influential philosopher of the medieval era.
 

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Contents

Avicennas philosophical project
28
Avicenna on the syllogism
48
Avicennas natural philosophy
71
Avicenna on medical practice epistemology
91
Avicennas epistemological optimism
109
Avicennas metaphysics
143
From the necessary existent to God
170
IO Avicennas Islamic reception
190
The reception of Avicenna in Jewish cultures
214
The reception of Avicenna in Latin medieval culture
242
Bibliography
270
Index
297
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Peter Adamson is Professor of Philosophy at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit t, Munich, and at King's College London. He is author of The Arabic Plotinus: a Philosophical Study of the So-Called heology of Aristotle' (2002) and Al-Kind (2006), and co-editor, with Richard C. Taylor, of The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy (Cambridge, 2004). He has edited numerous collected volumes on philosophy in the Islamic world.

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