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This will be the first book in the Great Medieval Thinkers series to focus on an Islamic philosopher. It will offer a brief, accessible introduction to the thought of the philosopher al-Kindi (died about 870 AD). The classical tradition of Arabic philosophy may be said to have five most prominent figures: al-Kindi, al-Farabi, Avicenna, al-Ghazali, and Averroes. Of these, only al-Kindi has not been the subject of a scholarly monograph. This is despite the fact that his philosophy is much more tractable than that of the others insofar as the corpus of his surviving works is of modest size. His works, though brief, are of great historical importance. Al-Kindi was the first philosopher of the Islamic world. He was a central figure in the translation movement of 9th-century Baghdad, which rendered much of Greek philosophy, science, and medicine into Arabic. His works are also of great intrinsic philosophical interest, since al-Kindi, in engaging with the Greek tradition, devshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.3 x 22.9mm | 249.48g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195181433
  • 9780195181432
  • 1,024,274

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Al-Kindi is a singularly important figure in the history of Western philosophy. Largely responsible for the revival of Greek philosophy, this time in Arabic translation, he inaugurates the grand tradition of medieval philosophy just like Descartes does the modern. Adamson's book is the first monograph on the entire philosophical thought of al-Kind? and it is done expertly, paying full attention not only to the historical context of al-Kindi ideas but also to their philosophical cohesion and sophistication. Adamson has a very light and engaging style in his expository writing which makes his explanation of philosophical arguments easy to follow and exciting. A book that is as enjoyable for the undergraduate as it is reliable for the professional, it places al-Kindi and all of Arabic philosophy squarely within the history of Western philosophy. * Dimitri Gutas, Professor of Arabic and Graeco-Arabic studies, Yale University *show more

About Peter Adamson

Dr. Peter Adamson is Lecturer in Late Ancient Philosophy, King's College, more

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