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Author: Allan Bäck

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/156853411X590417 Vivarium 49 (2011) 9-25 brill.nl/viv 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

Introduction In recent years, the understanding of Avicenna’s (d. 1037) modal logic has known a development without signifcant parallels since the heyday of the late 12th- and 13th-century commentary tradition exemplified in the logical works of Post-Avicennan authors like Faḫr ad

In: Oriens
Editor: Jon McGinnis
This volume provides twelve essays on various aspects of Avicenna's philosophical and scientific contributions, approaching these topics from philological, historical and philosohical methodologies. The work is conceptually divided into four sections: (1) methodology, (2) natural philosophy and the exact sciences, (3) theology and metaphysics and (4) Avicenna's heritage.
The First section provides considerations for distinguishing genuine from pseudo Avicennan works. The second section deals with topics encountered in Avicenna's physics, psychology, mathematics and medical theories. The third section treats issues ranging from the theological sources for Avicenna's proof for the existence of God and God's knowledge of particulars to the place of puzzles in Avicenna's Metaphysics as well as the relation of form and matter in Avicenna's thought. The final section considers Avicenna's historical influence on later thinkers such as al-Ghazali as well as his subsequent influence in Persia.