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Aristotle and the Arabic Tradition


Christina D'Ancona, Paul Thom, Riccardo Strobino, Uwe Vagelpohl, Frédérique Woerther, Paul Lettinck, Andreas Lammer, Ahmed Alwishah, Yehuda Halper, Calvin G. Normore, Josh Hayes, Claudia Baracchi
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  • Date Published: March 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107499225

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  • This volume of essays by scholars in ancient Greek, medieval, and Arabic philosophy examines the full range of Aristotle's influence upon the Arabic tradition. It explores central themes from Aristotle's corpus, including logic, rhetoric and poetics, physics and meteorology, psychology, metaphysics, ethics and politics, and examines how these themes are investigated and developed by Arabic philosophers including al-Kindî, al-Fârâbî, Avicenna, al-Ghazâlî, Ibn Bâjja and Averroes. The volume also includes essays which explicitly focus upon the historical reception of Aristotle, from the time of the Greek and Syriac transmission of his texts into the Islamic world to the period of their integration and assimilation into Arabic philosophy. This rich and wide-ranging collection will appeal to all those who are interested in the themes, development and context of Aristotle's enduring legacy within the Arabic tradition.

    • Explores the central themes throughout Aristotle's corpus and their influence upon philosophers in the Arabic tradition
    • Bridges the historical gap between ancient Greek philosophy and the Latin West specifically by emphasizing the continuity of the Aristotelian tradition
    • Provides a series of new interpretations to a set of philosophical problems pertaining to Arabic philosophy
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107499225
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. 'Ariṣtū ʿinda l-ʿArab', and beyond Christina D'Ancona
    2. The division of the categories according to Avicenna Paul Thom
    3. What if that (is) why?: Avicenna's taxonomy of scientific inquiry Riccardo Strobino
    4. The Rhetoric and Poetics in the Islamic world Uwe Vagelpohl
    5. Al-Fārābī and the Didascalia Frédérique Woerther
    6. Aristotle's 'Physical' works and the Arabic tradition Paul Lettinck
    7. Defining nature: from Aristotle to Philoponus to Avicenna Andreas Lammer
    8. Avicenna on self-cognition and self-awareness Ahmed Alwishah
    9. Averroes on intentionality and the human experience of the natural world Yehuda Halper
    10. Metaphysics in the orbit of Islam Calvin G. Normore
    11. The Arabic reception of the Nicomachean Ethics Josh Hayes
    12. The shining and the hidden: notes on politics and solitude from the 'Greek Prophets' to Al-Fārābī Claudia Baracchi.

  • Editors

    Ahmed Alwishah, Pitzer College, Claremont
    Ahmed Alwishah is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Pitzer College, Claremont. He has translated the Arabic testimonial of Thales jointly with Richard McKirahan in Thales (2014).

    Josh Hayes, Alvernia University, Pennsylvania
    Josh Hayes is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Alvernia University, Pennsylvania. His research focuses upon Aristotle and the history of Aristotelian commentary.


    Christina D'Ancona, Paul Thom, Riccardo Strobino, Uwe Vagelpohl, Frédérique Woerther, Paul Lettinck, Andreas Lammer, Ahmed Alwishah, Yehuda Halper, Calvin G. Normore, Josh Hayes, Claudia Baracchi

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