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Henry Of Ghent And Avicenna

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In this study important elements of Avicennian influence on Henry both in the metaphysical and psychological domains have been presented. They are representative and significant, although not exhaustive. In fact, a systematic presentation of all (direct or indirect) influences of Avicenna on Henry would require a monograph. It should be noted that contemporary research has already dealt in a substantial way with a large deal of such elements. But there are obviously still lacunae. One of the most important ones is Avicenna's impact on Henry's theory of evil. Henry not only defines evil as a &t;defectus boni&t;, a &t;privatio&t;, exactly as Avicenna has done, but he, in his exposé on evil in the Summa art, moreover extensively refers to Avicenna's Metaphysics IX. Hence, Henry's precise indebtedness to Avicenna has still to be fixed. From the above it is clear that Henry considered Avicenna to be an esteemed philosopher, an &t;auctoritas&t;.

Keywords: Avicenna; Henry; metaphysical; Metaphysics IX; psychological; Summa art



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