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Avicenna’s and Averroes’s Interpretations and Their Influence in Albertus Magnus

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The commentary on Metaphysics was part of Albertus Magnus overall project of divulging philosophy to Latin readers by explaining each of Aristotle's works, a project whose realization took about 20 years. Avicenna and Averroes, i.e., the authors of Ilāhiyyāt and Tafsīr, are not only the Arab philosophers most frequently quoted by Albertus in Commentary on the Metaphysics: if compared to the many Greek, Latin, and Hebrew authors occasionally mentioned, they are also, after Aristotle and Plato, the authorities to whom he refers most frequently. They are cited in three different ways; by name; in an explicit indeterminate way and silently, this last mode of quotation being the most indicative of Albertus's reliance on Avicenna and Averroes. In these three different respects, Avicenna and Averroes are the post- Aristotelian authors to whom Albertus most often and extensively refers. They represent the two real "sources", together with the Metaphysics, of the commentary.

Keywords: Albertus Magnus; Aristotle; Averroes; Avicenna; Ilāhiyyāt; Metaphysics; Plato; Tafsīr



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