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A Philosophy Reader from the Circle of Miskawayh: Text, Translation and Commentary

A Philosophy Reader from the Circle of Miskawayh: Text, Translation and Commentary

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This volume presents the first complete edition of Oxford, MS Marsh 539, a hitherto unpublished Philosophy Reader compiled anonymously in the eastern Islamic world in the eleventh century. The compilation consists of texts on metaphysics, physiology and ethics, providing excerpts from Arabic versions of Greek philosophical works (Aristotle, Plotinus, Galen), and works by Arabic authors (Qusta ibn Luqa, Farabi, Miskawayh). It preserves fragments of Greek-Arabic translations lost today, including Galen's On my own Opinions, the Summa Alexandrinorum, and Themistius on Aristotle's Book Lambda. The Philosophy Reader provides a unique insight into philosophical activity of the place and time of the well-known philosopher Miskawayh, showing us which works had entered the mainstream and were considered necessary for philosophers to know. Elvira Wakelnig's volume includes a new facing-page English translation and a rich commentary which identifies the source texts and examines the historical and philosophical context of each passage.

Author: Elvira Wakelnig
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 01/30/2014
Pages: 524
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 2.60lbs
Size: 9.80h x 6.90w x 1.30d
ISBN: 9780521193610

About the Author
Wakelnig, Elvira: - Elvira Wakelnig is project researcher at the University of Warwick and at the University of Vienna. She is the author of Feder, Tafel, Mensch (2006).

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