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Medieval Arabic Philosophy

Continuing the theme of Aristotle's influence on medieval thought, we will shift from European to Arabic culture. Our excerpts will be taken from:
Classical Arabic Philosophy: An Anthology of Sources. Translated with Introduction, Notes, and Glossary by Jon McGinnis & David C. Reisman. Hackett Publishing Company, 2007. It is available from; new copies are $22.32 and used ones start at $16.87. Additional used copies are listed for $16.00 at The book is about 400 pages, but our discussion will be restricted to these selections (totaling about 200 pages): Ibn Sīnā, known as Avicenna (pp. [masked]) Al-Ghazālī (pp[masked]) Ibn Rushd, known as Averroes (pp. [masked]) For those who want access to the free public domain copies of the writers' works, as well as the full text of scholarly articles, go to
Islamic Philosophy Online. The following articles provide additional background, analysis, and bibliographies:
"Influence of Arabic and Islamic Philosophy on the Latin West" in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
"Islamic Philosophy" in Wikipedia
"Avicenna" in Wikipedia
"Avicennism" in Wikipedia
"Ghazālī" in Wikipedia
"Averroes" in Wikipedia
"Averroes Database" maintained at Thomas-Institut der Universität zu Köln (most of the articles cited are in German or French, with a few noteworthy ones in English)

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  • Alex R.

    Really enjoyed it. Scott really does well with leading the group. I would like to have more of a direct forum, unless I am not finding it, while we're not there. I would love to share links (i.e. the philos video and zizek/tariq ramadan interviews from last month) directly with members and see their posts in order to broaden and enhance my reading.

    February 20, 2011

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