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The Book on the Science of Metaphysics by 'Abd al-Latīf al-Baġdādī

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ʿAbd al-Laṭīf al-Baġdādī’s Book on the Science of Metaphysics offers an example of striking consistency with the original metaphysical project elaborated at the beginning of falsafa by al-Kindi. This chapter presents the coherence of the past models that the book presents, both from the point of view of its use of sources and its exegesis, with respect to the original metaphysical project elaborated at the beginnings of the falsafa by al-Kindī in his On First Philosophy. Then it shows the structural correspondence of ʿAbd al-Laṭīf al-Baġdādī’s work with the fundamental sub-divisions of metaphysical science introduced by al-Fārābī in his Enumeration of the Sciences. The Book on the Science of Metaphysics is not only a witness to the indirect tradition of Aristotle's Metaphysics, but presents itself rather as a school textbook whose object is no longer a text handed down from the past, the Metaphysics but a discipline.

Keywords:ʿAbd al-Laṭīf al-Baġdādī’; Aristotle; Book on the Science of Metaphysics; falsafa



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