Chance and Determinism in Avicenna and Averroes

Chance and Determinism in Avicenna and Averroes

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This book examines the question whether medieval Muslim philosophers Avicenna (Arabic Ibn Sina 980-1037) and Averroes (Arabic Ibn Rushd 1126-1198) are determinists. With a focus on physics and metaphysics it studies their views on chance events in nature, as well as matter, in particular prime matter, and divine providence. In addition it sets their positions against the historical/philosophical background that influenced their response, the Greco-Arabic philosophical tradition - Aristotelian and Neoplatonic - on the one hand, and the tradition of Islamic theology (kalam) on the other. In comparing their philosophical systems, it lays emphasis on the way in which Avicenna and Averroes use these traditions to offer an original answer to the problem of determinism.
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  • Hardback | 252 pages
  • 160 x 240 x 20.32mm | 622g
  • Leiden, Netherlands
  • English
  • 9004155872
  • 9789004155879

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'Chance and Determinism in Avicenna and Averroes' winner of the Prize in the Field of Iranian Studies 2009.

"This is an excellent study, born out of an original and juicy mind, with a lot of material among its pages for future researchers to work with."
Stavros Nikolaidis in Journal of Oriental and African Studies, Volume 18 (2009).
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About Catarina Belo

Catarina Belo, D.Phil. (2004) in Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She has published on Islamic philosophy, in particular Avicenna and Averroes and their physics and metaphysics.
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