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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/156853411X590417 Vivarium 49 (2011) 9-25 v i va r i um Avicenna’s Hermeneutics Allan Bäck Kutztown University Abstract Like Plato, Aristotle uses dialectic to interpret and analyze ordinary discourse as well as to ascend to the first

In: Vivarium

1 Introduction Avicenna’s view about the nature of mathematical objects has two distinct aspects. Its negative aspect was developed in response to the question of what mathematical objects are not. Its positive aspect, on the other hand, clarifies what mathematical objects are

In: Oriens

communicated. Both questions, it seems to me, need to be taken into consideration if we want to evaluate and assess the approach taken by historical thinkers and scientific authors, such as for instance Avicenna (d. 428/1037), towards doxography. The reasons for this are that the first of these two questions

In: Received Opinions: Doxography in Antiquity and the Islamic World