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The ‘Ontologization’ Of Logic. Metaphysical Themes In Avicenna’s Reworking Of The Organon

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A promising way to deal with the status of logic is to analyze its relationship to metaphysics. The two disciplines have in common some essential features, the most important of which is, no doubt, their generality in scope. Averroes considers logic to be not merely related in a special manner to metaphysics, but even fully integrated into metaphysics itself. As regards the subject-matter of metaphysics, Averroes maintains that if it is possible to combine logic and metaphysics at all, this is because logic and metaphysics have the same subject-matter, which is 'absolute being' or being without qualification. The characterisation of logic as having the same subject-matter of metaphysics is a crucial aspect of Averroes. This chapter attempts to bring to light the meaning and the philosophical implications of the main issues that are involved in Averroes' account of logic, of metaphysics, and of their mutual relations.

Keywords:averroes; logical status; metaphysics



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