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Interpreting Avicenna
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1. The life and times of Avicenna: patronage and learning in medieval Islam David C. Reisman; 2. Avicenna's philosophical project Dimitri Gutas; 3. Avicenna on the syllogism Tony Street; 4. Avicenna's natural philosophy Jon McGinnis; 5. Avicenna and medicine Peter E. Pormann; 6. Avicenna's epistemological optimism Dag Nikolaus Hasse; 7. Certitude, justification, and the principles of knowledge in Avicenna's epistemology Deborah Black; 8. Avicenna's metaphysics Stephen Menn; 9. From the necessary existent to God Peter Adamson; 10. Avicenna's Islamic reception Robert Wisnovsky; 11. The reception of Avicenna in Jewish cultures, East and West Gad Freudenthal and Mauro Zonta; 12. Avicenna's Christian reception Amos Bertolacci.

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This volume examines many aspects of the philosophy of Avicenna, the greatest philosopher of the Islamic world.

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Peter Adamson is Professor of Philosophy at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat, Munich, and at King's College London. He is author of The Arabic Plotinus: a Philosophical Study of the So-Called 'Theology of Aristotle' (2002) and Al-Kindi (2006), and co-editor, with Richard C. Taylor, of The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy (Cambridge, 2004). He has edited numerous collected volumes on philosophy in the Islamic world.

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'... this volume stands out as a well-structured and comprehensive handbook on Avicenna ... a remarkable achievement ... each and every essay is an outstanding piece of scholarship, which offers a state-of-the-art presentation of its subject as well as break[ing] new ground and advanc[ing] our knowledge of Avicenna's life, thought, and legacy ... the volume is unquestionably a treasure trove of information and a truly indispensable contribution to Avicennian studies ... The editor, Peter Adamson, deserves the highest praise for publishing an enlightening and comprehensive handbook on Avicenna that will remain a fundamental point of reference for generations to come.' Alexander Treiger, Ilahiyat Studies
'The collection captures an important moment in the emergent field of modern Avicennian studies, when the grand 'cartographic' project is being taken into impressively larger scales.' Toby Mayer, Journal of Islamic Studies
'If we are to make the case for intellectual historians and historians of philosophy to bring Avicenna into a new canon, or to locate him in a curriculum that goes beyond the desire to form canons, this book is a vital offering to that cause ... It is hard to quibble with the merits of this volume, and readers interested in Islamic thought, and in particular Islamic philosophy, as well as historians of philosophers will profit from a careful reading, using it to map out possible research trajectories.' Sajjad Rizvi, Journal of the American Oriental Society
"... this volume stands out as a well-structured and comprehensive handbook on Avicenna ... a remarkable achievement ... each and every essay is an outstanding piece of scholarship, which offers a state-of-the-art presentation of its subject as well as break[ing] new ground and advanc[ing] our knowledge of Avicenna's life, thought, and legacy ... the volume is unquestionably a treasure trove of information and a truly indispensable contribution to Avicennian studies ... The editor, Peter Adamson, deserves the highest praise for publishing an enlightening and comprehensive handbook on Avicenna that will remain a fundamental point of reference for generations to come." Alexander Treiger, Ilahiyat Studies
"The collection captures an important moment in the emergent field of modern Avicennian studies, when the grand `cartographic' project is being taken into impressively larger scales." Toby Mayer, Journal of Islamic Studies
'If we are to make the case for intellectual historians and historians of philosophy to bring Avicenna into a new canon, or to locate him in a curriculum that goes beyond the desire to form canons, this book is a vital offering to that cause ... It is hard to quibble with the merits of this volume, and readers interested in Islamic thought, and in particular Islamic philosophy, as well as historians of philosophers will profit from a careful reading, using it to map out possible research trajectories.' Sajjad Rizvi, Journal of the American Oriental Society

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