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Man's Conjunction with Intellect: A Neoplatonic Source of Western Muslim Philosophy

Proceedings of the Academy (English series), vol. VIII, no. 4

סדרה: Proceedings of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities (English series)
The Shlomo Pines Memorial Lecture.
The idea that knowledge of intelligible truths is produced in us by a separate, intellectual principle — the Agent Intellect — is typical of Arab-Islamic philosophy. In both the East and the West of the medieval Muslim world, philosophers contended that our grasp of intelligible items is due to the ‘conjunction’ (ittisal) of man’s mind with this separate Intellect. Albeit cast in Aristotelian language, this doctrine is unprecedented in Aristotle’s corpus and is generally acknowledged to have originated with Alexander of Aphrodisias. The present article surmises that the role of the early Arabic translation of Proclus’s Elements of Theology was decisive in transmitting the doctrine of conjunction even in the Muslim West, commonly seen as falling entirely within the province of the Aristotelian tradition.
שנת ההוצאה: 2008
השפה: אנגלית
מסת"ב: ISSN 1565-8465
מספר העמודים: 34   מידות (ס"מ): 15 × 24   כריכה: רכה