Avicenna and the Aristotelian Tradition: Introduction to Reading Avicenna's Philosophical Works. Second, Revised and Enlarged Edition, Including an Inventory of Avicenna?s Authentic Works

Avicenna and the Aristotelian Tradition: Introduction to Reading Avicenna's Philosophical Works. Second, Revised and Enlarged Edition, Including an Inventory of Avicenna?s Authentic Works

by Dimitri Gutas

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Avicenna and the Aristotelian Tradition: Introduction to Reading Avicenna's Philosophical Works. Second, Revised and Enlarged Edition, Including an Inventory of Avicenna?s Authentic Works by Dimitri Gutas

Through close study of Avicenna's statements and major works, Dimitri Gutas traces Avicenna's own sense of his place in the Aristotelian tradition and the history of philosophy in Islam, and provides an introduction to reading his philosophical works by delineating the approach most consistent with Avicenna's intention and purpose in philosophy. The second edition of this foundational work, which has quickened fruitful research into the philosopher in the last quarter century, is completely revised and updated, and adds a new final chapter summarizing Avicenna's philosophical project. It is also enlarged with the addition of a new appendix which offers a critical inventory of Avicenna's authentic works, updating the work of Mahdavi (1954) with additional information on all manuscripts and important editions and translations. Its usefulness enhanced, the book provides primary orientation to Avicenna's philosophy and works and constitutes an indispensable research tool for their study.

Winner of the I. R. Iran World Award for the Book of the Year 2014

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004255807
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/15/2014
Series: Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Science. Texts and Studies , #89
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 648
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Dimitri Gutas, Ph.D. 1975 in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Yale University, is Professor of Arabic at Yale. He has published on the medieval Graeco-Arabic translation movement and its lexicography, the transmission of Greek philosophical texts into Arabic, and Arabic philosophy. Most recently he published the Greek text and medieval Arabic translation of Theophrastus, On First Principles (2010), and, with Leonardo Taran, the editio maior of Aristotle's Poetics (2012).

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition (2013)
Acknowledgments
Introduction to the First Edition (1988)
Layout of the Work

PART ONE
DOCUMENTS ON AVICENNA AND THE ARISTOTELIAN TRADITION
Chapter 1. Personal Texts by Avicenna and His Disciples on His Relation to the Aristotelian Tradition
Chapter 2. An Inventory and Relative Chronology of Avicenna’s Major Philosophical Works. Their Organization and Contents in Relation to the Aristotelian Tradition

PART TWO
AVICENNA’S RECEPTION OF THE ARISTOTELIAN TRADITION
Chapter 3. Avicenna’s Intellectual Upbringing: The Autobiography and Its Interpretation
Chapter 4. Avicenna’s Conception of the History of Philosophy
Chapter 5. Avicenna’s Conception of the Praxis of Philosophy

PART THREE
AVICENNA’S INTEGRATION OF THE ARISTOTELIAN TRADITION
Chapter 6. The Resolution of the Major Points of Conflict with the Aristotelian Tradition
Chapter 7. The Evolution of Avicenna’s Attitude toward Aristotle, the Aristotelian Tradition, and His Own Work
Chapter 8. The Elaboration of Methods

CODA. Avicenna’s Philosophical Project

APPENDIX. Inventory of Avicenna’s Authentic works

Index of Names and Places
Index of Avicenna’s Works with Passages Cited
Index of Lemmata
Index of Qurʾānic Passages
Index of Manuscripts
Index of Greek Words
Index of Arabic Words
Index of Technical Terms

Bibliography

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