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The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy (Cambridge Companions to Philosophy) Hardcover – January 10, 2005
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--Roxanne D. Marcotte, The University of Queensland
"...Out of eighteen contributions to this Companion ten are in general terms historical in nature, four systematic dealing with logic, ethics, philosophical psychology, and metaphysics.... gives an account of interesting collaborative encounter between Islamic and Jewish Philosophy...."
--Shun'ichi Takayanagi, S.J., Sophia University, Japan, The Modern Schoolman
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This volume, edited by Peter Adamson and Richard Taylor, is an important contribution to re-establishing this connection and recovering lesser known traditions, as well as holding up the history of Arabic philosophy in its own right. The tradition of Arabic philosophy is almost as old as Islam itself, which established in its early days bright centres of learning and international communications that inspired a blossoming of ecumenical philosophical traditions cutting across Christian, Jewish and Muslim lines.
During the formative stage, the figure of Avicenna looms large, with his synthesis of falsafa (philosophy both Aristotelian and Neoplatonic) and kalam (Islamic doctrinal theology). The classical age of Arabic philosophy, in the ninth to twelfth centuries C.E., took advantage of their Aristotelian inheritance, preserved and commented upon by Averroes (Ibn Rushd), an Andalusian philosopher (think Spain). Other strands of thought, both more 'practical' and more mystical, are explored by the authors. Some chapters concentrate on particular time periods or historic figures, and others look more generally at topics in philosophy (logic, ethics, metaphysics, etc.) across the broader range of Islamic history.Read more ›
The second part deals with the various sub-disciplines, such as logic, ethics, metaphysics and so forth. There are also shortish overviews of the interactions between Islamic and Jewish philosophy, the reception in medieval Christian circles and recent trends. This last one was a bit disappointing as it didn't really answer the question what, if any, influence Avicenna & Co. have on current Islamic thinking, a question surely of some interest.
I found the collection very useful in providing a framework within which to make better sense of the works of the falsafa and to appreciate their impact on the development of western thought.
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