Avicenna and Afterwards

Nadja Germann

in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Philosophy

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195379488
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Avicenna and Afterwards

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This article suggests that the significance of Avicenna's philosophy was not limited to the field of metaphysics; his innovations in logic and natural philosophy, including psychology, had a comparable impact on subsequent intellectual history. Unlike any other philosopher or theologian in the Arabic-Islamic world before, Avicenna merged the various intellectual traditions of his time and thus created a unique blend that was to shape the framework of philosophical as well as theological reasoning for centuries to come. This discussion considers his Kitāb al-Shifā' (Book of the Healing); abstraction and intellection; essence and existence; and bridging physical and mental existence.

Keywords: Avicenna's philosophy; physical existence; mental existence; theological reasoning; Kitāb al-Shifā'; intellection

Article.  11833 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy

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