Read e-book online An Introduction to Classical Islamic Philosophy 2nd Ed. PDF

By Oliver Leaman

ISBN-10: 0511041314

ISBN-13: 9780511041310

ISBN-10: 0521793432

ISBN-13: 9780521793438

Even though Islamic philosophy represents some of the most vital philosophical traditions on the earth, it has merely really lately all started to obtain recognition within the non-Islamic global. it is a new version of a profitable introductory e-book, increased and up-to-date to take account of contemporary scholarship. It specializes in what's considered as Islamic philosophy's golden age, and may attract scholars and to any normal reader attracted to this philosophical culture.

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The translations which took place into Hebrew were often of his independent works as opposed to his commentaries, and so the discussions in Hebrew tended to be more accurate representations of Averroes’ real philosophical views. Averroes continued to fashion the  An introduction to classical Islamic philosophy curriculum of the Jewish and Christian intellectual worlds long after he fell into obscurity in the Islamic world. The effect of his thought was to prepare the way for the complete separation of religion and philosophy, which allowed Western philosophy to develop into its characteristic form of modernity.

The addition of Islamic issues to Greek philosophy makes for a fascinating combination and is well worth philosophical as well as historical attention. But, it is important to avoid yet another pitfall, which is to exaggerate the importance of Islamic philosophy to such an extent that it is seen as the catalyst for much modern Western thought. Although falsafa is well worth studying, it is not philosophically very creative. The philosophical distinctions it took from the Greeks were not transformed radically to construct entirely new systems of thought.

Maim¯un (Maimonides). He was born in Cordoba in  CE and was obliged to leave when the Almohads drove the Jews and Christians out of the city. In  he went to North Africa, but Almohad influence at Fez proved too great, and he finally travelled to Cairo, where he died in . Like so many of the fal¯asifa, Maimonides was a famous physician and author of medical texts, but he is still notable for his systematization and codification of the Jewish law. Our interest here is in the tantalizingly complex Guide of the perplexed, which he wrote for readers who had some knowledge of philosophy but who did not see how it could be made compatible with Jewish religious doctrine and law.

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