Avicenna and the Aristotelian Tradition: Introduction to by Dimitri Gutas

By Dimitri Gutas

This can be the second one, revised and up to date, version of this foundational paintings introducing a examining of Avicenna's philosophical works that's in keeping with his purpose and objective in philosophy. Its usefulness is improved with a brand new appendix providing a serious stock of Avicenna's real works that includes and updates Mahdavi

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15. Then necessity led me to move to Nasā, and from there to Bāward, and then to Ṭūs, then to Samanqān, then to Jājarm (the frontier of Ḫurāsān), and then to Jurjān. I was planning to go to Prince Qābūs, but it happened meanwhile that he was taken and imprisoned in some fortress, where he died. Then I departed for Dihistān, where I fell very ill. 30 He recited to me an ode on my state of affairs which contained the following verse by a poet: When I became great, no city31 was big enough for me; When my price went up, no one would buy me.

Those who would adhere uncritically to the literal text, or the apparent meaning, of Aristotle’s Organon, and into those (like himself) who would delve into its deeper implications. ) writing from Rayy, Avicenna describes the literalists as never having “suffered the pains of analyzing the details of problems so that they may gain a syllogistic habit” (T13, § 4), and as paying too much attention to the form of the syllogism rather than its contents (T13, §§ 5–6). Shehaby 8 suggests, without any argument, that “literalists” might refer to the Stoics, but this is highly unlikely, especially in view of the discussion here.

I have divided this book into three parts: (a) Establishing the first principle of the universe and its oneness; enumeration of the attributes befitting it. (b) Indicating the order of the emanation of being from the being [of the first principle], beginning with the first being [emanating] from it and ending with the last beings after it. e 3. In these parts I strivef to clarify what they [the Peripatetic philosophers] obscured,g proclaim what they concealed and suppressed, collect what they dispersed, and expand what they summarized,6 to the best of the inadequate abilities of a person like me beset with these afflictions: the age of scholarship is becoming extinct, interests are turning away from the philosophical sciences toward various pursuits, and hatred is heaped d Reading ġayr al-ḥaqīqiyya for wa-ġayr al-ḥaqīqiyya A, and wa-ġayr ḥaqīqiyya I.

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