Alfarabi, Avicenna, and Averroes, on Intellect: Their Cosmologies, Theories of the Active Intellect, and Theories of Human Intellect

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Oxford University Press, Sep 24, 1992 - Philosophy - 384 pages
A study of problems, all revolving around the subject of intellect in the philosophies of Alfarabi, Avicenna, and Averroes, this book starts by reviewing discussions in Greek and early Arabic philosophy which served as the background for the three Arabic thinkers. Davidson examines the cosmologies and theories of human and active intellect in the three philosophers and covers such subjects as: the emanation of the supernal realm from the First Cause; the emanation of the lower world from the transcendent active intellect; stages of human intellect; illumination of the human intellect by the transcendent active intellect; conjunction of the human intellect with the transcendent active intellect; prophecy; and human immortality. Davidson shows that medieval Jewish philosophers and the Latin Scholastics had differing perceptions of Averroes because they happened to use works belonging to different periods of his philosophic career.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
3
2 Greek and Arabic Antecedents
7
3 Alfarabi on Emanation the Active Intellect and Human Intellect
44
4 Avicenna on Emanation the Active Intellect and Human Intellect
74
5 Reverberations of the Theories of Alfarabi and Avicenna
127
6 Averroes on Emanation and on the Active Intellect as a Cause of Existence
220
7 Averroes on the Material Intellect
258
8 Averroes on the Active Intellect as the Cause of Human Thought
315
Index
357
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