Averroes and Philosophy in Islamic Spain

Matteo Di Giovanni

in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Philosophy

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195379488
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Averroes and Philosophy in Islamic Spain

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Averroes and philosophy in Islamic Spain constitute a unitary article in the history of philosophy. Averroes makes up a unity with philosophy in Islamic Spain, or, as it is called, Andalusian philosophy. This article notes that the structure of substances, the position of philosophy with regard to revelation and its function in society, represented, back then, the main focuses of Andalusian philosophy in metaphysics, rational theology, and political philosophy. They all run through Averroes's predecessors and culminate in Averroes, thus making the philosophical debate fundamentally one and coherent. Major figures in this debate are Ibn Bājja (Avempace), Ibn Ṭufayl (Abubacer), and Ibn Rushd (Averroes).

Keywords: Andalusian philosophy; Islam; Avempace; Averroes's predecessors; Abubacer; Ibn Rushd; Ibn Ṭufayl

Article.  12523 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy

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