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The Elaboration of Methods

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The development of Avicenna's different methods of composition runs parallel to the evolution of his attitude toward Aristotle and the Aristotelian tradition. Initially Avicenna saw himself as a commentator on the Aristotelian texts, and his style was accordingly expository, reformulating the accepted doctrines as transmitted. Avicenna's deep appreciation of the contextuality of the philosophical praxis, made him think seriously about the manner in which he was going to write his works depending on the people to whom they were being addressed, and led him to elaborate three main distinct methods of communicating Knowledge, each with variations of its own. These are, a) the symbolic; presentation by means of symbols and allegories; b) the indicative; presentation by way of Pointers; i.e., allusion, suggestion, and implication; and c) the demonstrative or expository; presentation by means of syllogisms and syllogistic argumentation with varying degrees of fullness.

Keywords: allegories; Aristotelian tradition; Aristotle; Avicenna; pointers; syllogisms; symbols



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