Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Avicenna’s Conception of the Praxis of Philosophy

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

The understanding of the history and development of philosophy which Avicenna acquired from the Aristotelian tradition provided the starting point and the context for his own philosophical activity and his self-consciousness as a philosopher. It helped him crystallize his thoughts about the philosophical praxis, or what it is to "do" philosophy, and by extension, about how all philosophers should proceed. The goal of the praxis of philosophy is to actualize in the human intellect the Knowledge of the celestial spheres, while the history of philosophy is the record of the progressive acquisition by humans of parts of this Knowledge. Although the Knowledge to be acquired in itself and on a transcendent plane is a closed system and static, on a human level and in history it is evolutionary. The two concepts of Fundamental Principles and Working Out Corollaries are central in Avicenna's conception of the praxis of philosophy.

Keywords: Aristotelian tradition; Avicenna; human intellect; praxis of philosophy

10.1163/9789004262072_006
/content/books/b9789004262072_006
dcterms_subject,pub_keyword
6
3
Loading

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
    Avicenna and the Aristotelian Tradition — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation