Averroes Physics: A Turning Point in Medieval Natural Philosophy

Hardcover | July 15, 2009

byRuth Glasner

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Ruth Glasner presents an illuminating reappraisal of Averroes' physics. Glasner is the first scholar to base her interpretation on the full range of Averroes' writings, including texts that are extant only in Hebrew manuscripts and have not been hitherto studied. She reveals that Averroeschanged his interpretation of the basic notions of physics - the structure of corporeal reality and the definition of motion - more than once. After many hesitations he offers a bold new interpretation of physics which Glasner calls 'Aristotelian atomism'. Ideas that are usually ascribed toscholastic scholars, and others that were traced back to Averroes but only in a very general form, are shown not only to have originated with him, but to have been fully developed by him into a comprehensive and systematic physical system. Unlike earlier Greek or Muslim atomistic systems, Averroes'Aristotelian atomism endeavours to be fully scientific, by Aristotelian standards, and still to provide a basis for an indeterministic natural philosophy. Commonly known as 'the commentator' and usually considered to be a faithful follower of Aristotle, Averroes is revealed in his commentaries onthe Physics to be an original and sophisticated philosopher.

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Ruth Glasner presents an illuminating reappraisal of Averroes' physics. Glasner is the first scholar to base her interpretation on the full range of Averroes' writings, including texts that are extant only in Hebrew manuscripts and have not been hitherto studied. She reveals that Averroeschanged his interpretation of the basic notions ...

Ruth Glasner studied mathematics, physics and philosophy at the Hebrew University. She is currently a professor at the program for the history and philosophy of science at the Hebrew University

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:July 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199567735

ISBN - 13:9780199567737

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Part 1: The Complexity of Averroes' Writing1. Description of the Corpus2. The Order of Writing3. The Changing Cultural Contexts4. Versions and Revisions5. The Late Stratum of the Long CommentaryPart 2: Averroes' New Physics6. The Turning Point of iPhysics/i VIII: The Breakdown of Determinism7. The Turning-Point of iPhysics/i VI: The Breakdown of Motion8. The Turning-Point of iPhysics/i VII: The Breakdown of Physical Body