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On The Nature And Fate Of Chapter V Of Ibn Rushd’s Epitome Of Aristotle’s Metaphysics

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In 554/1159 Ibn Rushd completed his compendium of the Aristotelian natural sciences, which consisted of epitomes of four works, Physica, De caelo, De generatione et corruptione, and Meteorologica. This chapter examines Ibn Rushd's introductory note on the so-called third part" of metaphysics: this part, which forms the sole topic of Chapter V of Epitome of the Metaphysics (EM), dealt or was supposed to deal in all likelihood with two closely related, though distinct problems of metaphysics. First, the verification of the first principles of demonstration and refutation of those who deny their truth or their fundamental status is presented. Secondly, the discussion of problems and errors concerning the subject-matter of the particular sciences, especially that of mathematics and physics is described. The version of the EM is, therefore, not the one intended by Ibn Rushd for circulation, but rather either an unfinished work or a work preserved incompletely.

Keywords: Aristotelian natural sciences; Epitome of the Metaphysics (EM); Ibn Rushd



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