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Interpreting Avicenna
Critical Essays

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David C. Reisman, Dimitri Gutas, Tony Street, Jon McGinnis, Peter E. Pormann, Dag Nikolaus Hasse, Deborah Black, Stephen Menn, Peter Adamson, Robert Wisnovsky, Gad Freudenthal, Mauro Zonta, Amos Bertolacci
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  • Date Published: August 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521190732

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  • 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.

    • Explores the influence of Avicenna in Christianity as well as the Islamic and Jewish traditions
    • Provides an understanding of how parts of Avicenna's thought interrelate
    • Examines a wide range of areas of Avicenna's philosophy
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "… this volume stands out as a well-structured and comprehensive handbook on Avicenna … a remarkable achievement … each and every essay is an outstanding piece of scholarship, which offers a state-of-the-art presentation of its subject as well as break[ing] new ground and advanc[ing] our knowledge of Avicenna's life, thought, and legacy … the volume is unquestionably a treasure trove of information and a truly indispensable contribution to Avicennian studies … The editor, Peter Adamson, deserves the highest praise for publishing an enlightening and comprehensive handbook on Avicenna that will remain a fundamental point of reference for generations to come."
    Alexander Treiger, Ilahiyat Studies

    "The collection captures an important moment in the emergent field of modern Avicennian studies, when the grand ‘cartographic’ project is being taken into impressively larger scales."
    Toby Mayer, Journal of Islamic Studies

    'If we are to make the case for intellectual historians and historians of philosophy to bring Avicenna into a new canon, or to locate him in a curriculum that goes beyond the desire to form canons, this book is a vital offering to that cause … It is hard to quibble with the merits of this volume, and readers interested in Islamic thought, and in particular Islamic philosophy, as well as historians of philosophers will profit from a careful reading, using it to map out possible research trajectories.' Sajjad Rizvi, Journal of the American Oriental Society

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521190732
    • length: 314 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The life and times of Avicenna: patronage and learning in medieval Islam David C. Reisman
    2. Avicenna's philosophical project Dimitri Gutas
    3. Avicenna on the syllogism Tony Street
    4. Avicenna's natural philosophy Jon McGinnis
    5. Avicenna and medicine Peter E. Pormann
    6. Avicenna's epistemological optimism Dag Nikolaus Hasse
    7. Certitude, justification, and the principles of knowledge in Avicenna's epistemology Deborah Black
    8. Avicenna's metaphysics Stephen Menn
    9. From the necessary existent to God Peter Adamson
    10. Avicenna's Islamic reception Robert Wisnovsky
    11. The reception of Avicenna in Jewish cultures, East and West Gad Freudenthal and Mauro Zonta
    12. Avicenna's Christian reception Amos Bertolacci.

  • Editor

    Peter Adamson, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munchen
    Peter Adamson is Professor of Philosophy at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, and at King's College London. He is author of The Arabic Plotinus: a Philosophical Study of the So-Called 'Theology of Aristotle' (2002) and Al-Kindî (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.


    David C. Reisman, Dimitri Gutas, Tony Street, Jon McGinnis, Peter E. Pormann, Dag Nikolaus Hasse, Deborah Black, Stephen Menn, Peter Adamson, Robert Wisnovsky, Gad Freudenthal, Mauro Zonta, Amos Bertolacci

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