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Goodman's splendid new book should be welcomed by all historians of philosophy as the best detailed introduction to the thought of the eminent Islamic philosopher Avicenna . . . . Especially fine is Goodman's lucid account of Avicenna's synthesis of the metaphysics of necessity and of contingency.
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L. E. Goodman is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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Product Details

  • Series: Arabic Thought and Culture
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (November 17, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041501929X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415019293
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,555,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Puterbaugh on August 18, 2010
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I am reviewing this book as a rank amateur in philosophy. I got curious about Avicenna when he was prominently mentioned in Varghese's The Wonder of the World: A Journey from Modern Science to the Mind of God. According to Varghese, Avicenna was one of the extremely important philosophers who helped to create "The Matrix" --- which is what enabled modern science to take off. Varghese's list includes Avicenna, Maimonides, Aquinas, and Madhvacharya (an Indian philosopher I had never heard of!)

So I ordered this book with some trepidation, afraid of some totally dry treatise which would bore me to tears, and I got the very opposite: an extremely well-written summary of Avicenna which answers any and all questions I had about this philosopher, universally considered the greatest thinker produced by Islam. I particularly enjoyed the details of the local Persian history in Khorasan, which seems to resemble the American Wild West in a lot of ways. But then, I've lived in Iran and have a natural interest in the place. (Avicenna, by the way, was a Persian who wrote in Arabic.) The summaries of Avicenna's books are clear --- magnificently clear, if I may say so.

A good companion to this book might be The Closing of the Muslim Mind.

Highest recommendation for this book!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mohamed EL Tahir on September 30, 2014
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very good
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By xmc on August 8, 2012
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I purchased this book because I had a genuine interest in knowing about the works of Avicenna. But the text is written in such complicated sentence structure, english, and makes so many references to peoples/individuals that I did not know of, that I barely comprehended anything from it. I have an MD degree. This is definately not for the average or above average reader. If you are looking for an introductory text to the works of Avicenna, then look elsewhere.
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