Averroes on Plato's Republic

Averroes on Plato's Republic

by Averroes
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 080148975X

ISBN-13: 9780801489754

Pub. Date: 04/28/2005

Publisher: Cornell University Press

"In one fashion or another, the question with which this introduction begins is a question for every serious reader of Plato's Republic: Of what use is this philosophy to me? Averroes clearly finds that the Republic speaks to his own time and to his own situation. . . . Perhaps the greatest use he makes of the Republic is to

Overview

"In one fashion or another, the question with which this introduction begins is a question for every serious reader of Plato's Republic: Of what use is this philosophy to me? Averroes clearly finds that the Republic speaks to his own time and to his own situation. . . . Perhaps the greatest use he makes of the Republic is to understand better the shari'a itself. . . . It is fair to say that in deciding to paraphrase the Republic, Averroes is asserting that his world—the world defined and governed by the Koran—can profit from Plato's instruction."—from Ralph Lerner’s Introduction

An indispensable primary source in medieval political philosophy is presented here in a fully annotated translation of the celebrated discussion of the Republic by the twelfth-century Andalusian Muslim philosopher, Abu'l-Walid Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ibn Rushd, also know by his his Latinized name, Averroes. This work played a major role in both the transmission and the adaptation of the Platonic tradition in the West. In a closely argued critical introduction, Ralph Lerner addresses several of the most important problems raised by the work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801489754
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Series:
Agora Editions Series
Pages:
206
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction
Abbreviations and Symbols

THE TEXT

The First Treatise
The Second Treatise
The Third Treatise

APPENDIX I
Translator's Colophon
Copyist's Colophon

APPENDIX II
Notes to the Hebrew Text

APPENDIX III
Short Titles and Editions Cited

Glossary
Index

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >