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Henry Of Ghent And Averroes

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The thought of Henry of Ghent may be characterised as expressing a kind of &t;avicennizing Augustinianism&t;. It is amazing that very little attention has been paid in scholarship to Henry's attitude towards Averroes. It is at best examined with regard to a specific item, and even this happens only in a very limited number of studies. In what follows a basic outline is presented that hopefully may offer a valuable basis for further research. Regarding Henry's indebtedness to Averroes. One gets the impression that Averroes was not really an original thinker for Henry, especially not in his favorite field of metaphysics. It seems that, for Henry, Averroes has articulated a few interesting insights and theories only in the field of physics and related sciences. Finally, Henry judges that Averroes has unjustly criticized Avicenna on several important doctrinal points, but this is certainly a sign of weakness rather than of strength.

Keywords: Averroes; Avicenna; Henry of Ghent; metaphysics



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