Interpreting Avicenna: Science and Philosophy in Medieval Islam : Proceedings of the Second Conference of the Avicenna Study Group

Synopsis

This volume provides twelve essays on various aspects of Avicennas philosophical and scientific contributions, approaching these topics from philological, historical and philosohical methodologies. The work is conceptually divided into four sections: (1) methodology, (2) natural philosophy and the exact sciences, (3) theology and metaphysics and (4) Avicennas heritage. The First section provides considerations for distinguishing genuine from pseudo Avicennan works. The second section deals with topics encountered in Avicennas physics, psychology, mathematics and medical theories. The third section treats issues ranging from the theological sources for Avicennas proof for the existence of God and Gods knowledge of particulars to the place of puzzles in Avicennas Metaphysics as well as the relation of form and matter in Avicennas thought. The final section considers Avicennas historical influence on later thinkers such as al-Ghazali as well as his subsequent influence in Persia.

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • David C. Reisman
  • Catarina Belo
  • Jon McGinnis
  • Robert E. Hall
  • Peter Adamson
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Boston
Publication year:
  • 2004