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This front matter section of the book Chance and Determinism in Avicenna and Averroes contains the table of contents, note on transliteration and acknowledgements. The book focuses specifically on physical and metaphysical determinism in the Aristotelian sense of these disciplines. It discusses determinism in the works of Avicenna, known in Arabic as Ibn Sīnā and Averroes, known in Arabic as Ibn Rushd, and ascertains whether they are determinists, and if so in what way. The positions of both philosophers are compared in a more systematic way and a decision is reached as to whether they are determinists. The three themes of chance, matter and providence are treated first according to Avicenna and then according to Averroes, with the aim of achieving a comprehensive overview of their metaphysics and physics with reference to the issue of determinism.

Keywords: Averroes; Avicenna; metaphysical determinism



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