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ʿAbd al-Laṭīf al-Baġdādī’s Philosophical Journey: From Aristotle's Metaphysics to the 'Metaphysical Science' is a study devoted to the Arabic reception of Greek philosophy and metaphysics in Muwaffaq al-Dīn Muḥammad Abd al-Laṭīf ibn Yūsuf al-Baġdādī , a later and relatively unknown author of the Arabic-Islamic falsafa.ʿAbd al-Laṭīf al-Baġdādī’ has been considered a pedantic scholar, whose approach to science and philosophy was scholastic and legalistic rather than experimental and creative. This chapter follows his purposes and interests, the paths of his education, the library he had at his disposal, his encyclopaedic work on medicine and philosophy and his attitude towards both the ancients philosophers and his contemporaries. The Metaphysics is less a text, transmitted through a chain of historical stages, than a discipline to be learnt under the guidance of several teachers, all of them following Aristotle and contributing to the understanding his doctrines: Alexander of Aphrodisias, Themistius, Proclus, and al-Kindī.

Keywords:Abd al-Laṭīf al-Baġdādī’ Aristotle; metaphysics



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