Before and After Avicenna: Proceedings of the First by David Colum Reisman

By David Colum Reisman

This quantity comprises the court cases of the 1st assembly of the Avicenna examine workforce. all of the papers provides the newest learn conclusions in its respective subject. those conclusions contain new insights into Avicenna's revision of Aristotle and Plotinus, particular components of his theories of psychology and metaphysics, his highbrow interplay with the theologians of his interval, the ancient and social context within which Avicenna labored, the reception of his proposal between Syriac-writing authors, between later Ishraqi philosophers, and in Shi'ite peripatetic philosophy. those insights variety from new interpretations of his extant corpus, to forcing theories at the elements contributing to his philosophical strategies. in lots of circumstances, those papers current hitherto unexamined textual proof that are supposed to give a contribution enormously to a brand new technique in Avicenna reviews, and Arabic-Islamic philosophy mostly.

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45 This is what Averroes would call a de inesse simpliciter proposition. REISMAN_f2_1-24 3/6/03 7:53 PM Page 19 ’      19 each other in that they obtain for as long as the essence of the subject obtains. The last four kinds of necessities are in virtue of a certain condition of the subject not proceeding from its definition. The first two can be said to be necessities per se, the third and the fourth per accidens, the fifth and sixth, natural necessities.

In the rest of the Ilàhìyàt, Avicenna uses maw[ùd, rather than huwìya, to express this very concept. Huwìya is preferred over maw[ùd in our texts because of the Arabic translation of the Metaphysics that Avicenna employed in these particular cases. 5 Third, Avicenna in these texts engages in a sophisticated type of exegesis: in paraphrasing the Metaphysics, he emphasizes the main points of Aristotle’s argument, quotes additional passages from the Metaphysics itself, and occasionally refers to doctrines of other Aristotelian works.

The proof for validating the conclusion rests on ad impossibile 58 Using such construals, it seems possible to derive necessary conclusions even from two assertoric premises; Na[àt, 30. REISMAN_f2_1-24 3/6/03 7:53 PM Page 23 ’      23 and a false but not impossible supposition (much like Aristotle). We need to establish the truth of the following syllogism: (AaB) CA(BaJ) → CA(AaJ)59 ad impossibile → not-CA(AaJ) → N(AiJ) or I(AiJ) → N(AoJ) False but not impossible supposition: CA(BaJ) → (BaJ) (for if it is possible that (BaJ), then (BaJ) may obtain at some time without it leading to an absurdity).

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