The Elements of Avicenna's Physics: Greek Sources and Arabic Innovations

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Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG, 05.02.2018 - 614 Seiten
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This study is the first comprehensive analysis of the physical theory of the Islamic philosopher Avicenna (d. 1037). It seeks to understand his contribution against the developments within the preceding Greek and Arabic intellectual milieus, and to appreciate his philosophy as such by emphasising his independence as a critical and systematic thinker. Exploring Avicenna’s method of "teaching and learning," it investigates the implications of his account of the natural body as a three-dimensionally extended composite of matter and form, and examines his views on nature as a principle of motion and his analysis of its relation to soul. Moreover, it demonstrates how Avicenna defends the Aristotelian conception of place against the strident criticism of his predecessors, among other things, by disproving the existence of void and space. Finally, it sheds new light on Avicenna’s account of the essence and the existence of time. For the first time taking into account the entire range of Avicenna’s major writings, this study fills a gap in our understanding both of the history of natural philosophy in general and of the philosophy of Avicenna in particular.

 

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Introduction
1
1 The Arabic Fate of Aristotles Physics
9
2 The Methodology of Teaching and Learning
43
3 The SubjectMatter of Physics
111
4 Nature and Power
213
5 Putting Surface Back into Place
307
6 Time and Temporality in the Physical World
429
Conclusion
525
Bibliography
533
Index
585
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Über den Autor (2018)

Andreas Lammer, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.

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