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Greek Philosophers in the Arabic Tradition

1st Edition

By Dimitri Gutas


336 pages

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Hardback: 9780860788379
pub: 2000-12-14

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Professor Gutas deals here with the lives, sayings, thought, and doctrines of Greek philosophers drawn from sources preserved in medieval Arabic translations and for the most part not extant in the original. The Arabic texts, some of which are edited here for the first time, are translated throughout and richly annotated with the purpose of making the material accessible to classical scholars and historians of ancient and medieval philosophy. Also discussed are the modalities of transmission from Greek into Arabic, the diffusion of the translated material within the Arabic tradition, the nature of the Arabic sources containing the material, and methodological questions relating to Graeco-Arabic textual criticism. The philosophers treated include the Presocratics and minor schools such as Cynicism, Plato, Aristotle and the early Peripatos, and thinkers of late antiquity. A final article presents texts on the malady of love drawn from both the medical and philosophical (problemata physica) traditions.


'… a good survey of the work of this deserving scholar.' Bibliotheca Orientalis 'This handsome collection of studies by one of the finest scholars in the field will be useful to classicists and Arabists, as well as anyone else seriously interested in the problems and methods of Graeco-Arabic scholarship… provides a valuable opportunity for the rest of us to learn sound scholarly method from a scholar of the stature of Dimitri Gutas… many thought-provoking analyses… recommended reading for anyone seriously interested in classics or in the intellectual history of the Islamic domains.' Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies

Table of Contents

Contents: Presocratics and Minor Schools: Pre-Plotinian philosophy in Arabic (other than Platonism and Aristotelianism): a review of the sources; Sayings by Diogenes preserved in Arabic; Adrastus of Aphrodisias, (Pseudo-) Cebes, Democrates 'Gnomicus', and Diogenes the Cynic in the Arabic sources; Plato: Plato's Symposion in the Arabic tradition; Galen’s Synopsis of Plato’s Laws and Farabi’s Talhis; Aristotle and the early peripatos: The spurious and the authentic in the Arabic Lives of Aristotle; The life, works, and sayings of Theophrastus in the Arabic tradition; Eudemus in the Arabic tradition; Late antiquity and the interface between Greek and Arabic: Paul the Persian on the classification of the parts of Aristotle's philosophy: a milestone between Alexandria and Baghdad; The starting point of philosophical studies in Alexandrian and Arabic Aristotelianism; Philoponus and Avicenna on the separability of the intellect: a case of Orthodox Christian - Muslim agreement; The malady of love (in collaboration with Hans Hinrich Biesterfeldt); Index.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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