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Early translations into Arabic Already in Damascus, under the Umayyads, some philosophical writings had been translated into Arabic. His son and successor al-Mahdi r. Under the reign of Harun al-Rashid r.
Aristotle, the Neoplatonic tradition and the rise of falsafa. How do we know that there was a group of translators and that al-Kindi was its leader? Since it has been established Endress that the same lexical and syntactical features of the two translations just mentioned are shared by other translations from Greek, one can be reasonably sure that several translators exchanged among themselves and with al-Kindi: It is worth noting that the texts of Plotinus, and in part those of Proclus and Philoponus, did not circulate under the names of their authors: Plotinus circulated under the name of Aristotle RosenthalProclus under those of Aristotle and Alexander of Aphrodisias, and Philoponus under the name of Alexander see below.
An early translation of the Timaeus is mentioned in the bio-bibliographical sources,[ 27 ] but it has not come down to us. The circulation of at least parts of the Symposium,[ 28 ] Phaedo Aouad a; Gutas, and Republic[ 29 ] should be acknowledged in the age of al-Kindi.
The early translation of the Metaphysics made for al-Kindi has come down to us;[ 30 ] the translator is the otherwise unknown Ustath. In addition to the genuine Aristotelian works, some pseudepigrapha were also either translated in this period, or produced within the circle of al-Kindi: The Theology[ 39 ] was the most influential of the two in the Arabic-speaking world, whereas the Book by Aristotle on the Pure Good[ 40 ] was bound to become immensely famous in the Latin world, under the title Liber de Causis.
Other pseudo-Aristotelian writings trace back to this period: The Introduction to Arithmetic was translated within the circle of al-Kindi Altmann-Stern35; Endress a, 55; Freudenthal Of prominent importance are two writings lost in Greek: As we have seen before, the Elements of Theology were translated into Arabic within the circle of al-Kindi Endress ; on later circulation, see Wakelnig; up-to-date survey by Endress ; some propositions were attributed to Alexander of Aphrodisias under various titles—On the First Cause, On the Existence of Spiritual Forms with no matter, On the Difference between eternity and time, On Coming-to-be, On the Body van Ess ; Endress ; Zimmermann Another writing by Proclus, extant in Greek only through the quotations by John Philoponus in his De Aeternitate mundi, was translated into Arabic in this period: A commentary on the De Gen.
Philosophy is engaged to defend the tawhid, the fundamental tenet of Islamic monotheism, against the temptation of dualism. Endress6—7 4.
The translations of Hunayn ibn Ishaq, his son Ishaq and their associates: Hunayn ibn Ishaq is credited also with an exegesis of the Republic. Hunayn himself possibly translated the Problemata Physica Filius—98 ; also the compilation of the so-called De Lapidibus has been ascribed to him Zonta— The translation of the Metaphysics is attributed to Ishaq ibn Hunayn in one of the extant manuscripts, and linguistic analysis confirms this authorship, even though the K.
Hunayn ibn Ishaq translated Qu. A commentary on the Physics, lost in Greek, is also mentioned. Badawi Badawi95— The text, however, is very different from the one preserved in Greek Schoonheim Together with the translations of the Galenic corpus, Hunayn, Ishaq and other translators associated with them put at the disposal of learned Muslims the Aristotelian corpus in its entirety.
In doing so, these separate substances imitate the motionless causality of the First Principle by their eternal circular movement Pines ; Martini Bonadeo This warrants the regularity of the laws of nature in the sublunar world.
The Agent Intellect also belongs to this hierarchy of separate substances: In texts in which al-Farabi lays down his program for philosophical education, such as the Enumeration of the Sciences, he explains that metaphysics has three parts.
The first one studies beings qua beings; the second studies the principles of the theoretical sciences, such as logic and mathematics; the third studies beings that are neither bodies nor in bodies and discovers that they form a hierarchy leading to the First or One, which gives existence, unity, and truth to all other beings.
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From being an essentially Greek product, it developed into a cosmopolitan and eclectic cultural movement in which Greek, Egyptian, Phoenician and other Near Eastern religious and ethical elements coalesced. Editorial team. General Editors: David Bourget (Western Ontario) David Chalmers (ANU, NYU) Area Editors: David Bourget Gwen Bradford.
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