Averroes and the Metaphysics of Causation

Averroes and the Metaphysics of Causation

by Barry S. Kogan

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ISBN-13: 9780887060632
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 09/28/1985
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Barry S. Kogan is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Hebrew Union College.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Introduction: Averroes and the Theory of Causal Efficacy

2. Averroes on the Logic of Agents and Acts

The Literary Character of the Tahāfut Debates
The Context and Structure of Averroes' Criteriological Analysis
Agents and Agency
Acts and Effects

3. Averroes on Necessary Connection: Causes, Effects, and the Missing Link
Necessary Connection and the Problem of the Miraculous
Empirical Evidence and the Cause for Causal Efficacy
Metaphysics and the Case for Causal Efficacy
Nature vs. the Habitual Course of Events
Malleable Natures vs. Stable Natures

4. Spheres, Cycles, and Celestial Intelligences: The Celestial Links in the Causal Chain
The Sphere System and the Problem of Continuous Change
Celestial Animation and the "Kinetic" Code

5. Divine Causation and the Doctrine of Eternal Creation
The World as an Eternal Creation
Eternal Creation by Will or Intellect?
Causal Knowing and the Theory of Emanation
Did Averroes Subscribe to the Theory of Emanation?

Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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