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This is the introductory chapter of the book Chance and Determinism in Avicenna and Averroes. The book focuses specifically on physical and metaphysical determinism in the Aristotelian sense of these disciplines. Due to the immense influence of Aristotle's works on Islamic philosophy Aristotle was indeed the single most important philosopher in the development of Islamic philosophy and because some of the most important works by Avicenna and Averroes are paraphrases or commentaries on Aristotle's works, they too discuss chance within the context of natural philosophy.

Keywords: Aristotle's Physics; Averroes; Avicenna; metaphysical determinism; qadar



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