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The Physics of The Healing

A Parallel English-Arabic Text in Two Volumes

Jon McGinnis Avicenna



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Brigham Young University Press
15 May 2010
Avicenna's Physics is the very first volume that he wrote when he began his monumental encyclopedia of science and philosophy, TheHealing. Avicenna's reasons for beginning with Physics are numerous: it offers up the principles needed to understand such special natural sciences as psychology; it sets up many of the problems that take center stage in his Metaphysics; and it provides concrete examples of many of the abstract analytical tools that he would develop later in Logic.

While Avicenna's Physics roughly follows the thought of Aristotle's Physics, with its emphasis on natural causes, the nature of motion, and the conditions necessary for motion, the work is hardly derivative. It represents arguably the most brilliant mind of late antiquity grappling with and rethinking the entire tradition of natural philosophy inherited from the Greeks as well as the physical thought of Muslim speculative theologians. As such, Physics is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding Avicenna's complete philosophical system, the history of science, or the history of ideas.
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Imprint:   Brigham Young University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 24mm,  Width: 18mm,  Spine: 9mm
Weight:   2.183kg
ISBN:   9780842527477
ISBN 10:   0842527478
Series:   Islamic Translation Series
Pages:   1168
Publication Date:  
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jon McGinnis is associate professor of classical and medieval philosophy at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

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The Islamic Translation Series . . . has established itself as one of the most valuable resources available to scholars of Islamic theology and Arab philosophy. --Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies

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