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Gersonides As Commentator On Averroes

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Gersonides wrote supercommentaries on Averroes's commentaries on Aristotle rather than commentaries on Aristotle's own works. Gersonides, like Averroes, takes this chapter to be an introduction to the Physics. He also deals with the topics addressed in this chapter before launching a running commentary on the first chapter. In the latter he cites only brief incipits from the text, followed by concrete examples to elucidate them. This introduction is the longest of all Gersonides' introductions to Averroes's commentaries, because it includes a commentary on the first chapter of the Physics. Gersonides begins with a paraphrase of the opening sentence of Averroes's first chapter, noting that physics is a theoretical science and that its object is "existents that change insofar as they are changeable. Averroes employs this sentence as an introduction to the main theme of the chapter, which is the aim of the Physics, Gersonides writes at length about its subject.

Keywords: Averroes; Gersonides; physics; theoretical science



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