Interpreting Avicenna: Science and Philosophy in Medieval Islam

Proceedings of the Second Conference of the Avicenna Study Group


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.

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Jon McGinnis, Ph.D. (2000) in Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, is Assistant Professor of classical and medieval philosophy at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. He has published on ancient and Arabic medieval temporal theories specifically and more generally on Avicennan physics and philosophy of science.
' This is a useful collection of articles on the thought of Avicenna, and these range widely over his scientific and philosophical work, and the thought of those he in turn influenced.' Oliver Leaman, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, 2005.
All those interested in medieval (Arabic) philosophy and history of science as well as those more generally interested in the history of ideas.