New PDF release: Averroës' three short commentaries on Aristotle's

By Charles E Butterworth

ISBN-10: 0873952081

ISBN-13: 9780873952088

Charles E. Butterworth offers a bilingual variation (Arabic and English) of a number of of this influential twelfth-century philosopher's maximum works.

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18 Nor did Averroës respect the order of Aristotle's Organon. 19 Again, arguing that it was essential to learn how to make syllogisms after having learned how to distinguish their different classes, he placed the discussion of syllogistic topics immediately after the discussion of the syllogism and immediately before the discussion of what he considered to be the most important logical artdemonstration. , the Topics) follows the Posterior Analytics and precedes On Sophistical Refutations. Finally, there are notable discrepancies in the titles of the various treatises.

When Munk first announced the existence of one of the Judaeo-Arabic manuscripts in 1847, he simply identified it as Averroës's Short Commentary on the Organon without any reference to its possible significance. Shortly afterward, Renan reported Munk's discovery, but paid such little attention to the content of the treatise or to its identity that he spoke of the Hebrew version of the Short Commentary on Logic (which he called Abrégé de Logique) and of the manuscript discovered by Munk (which he called Abrégé de l'Organon) without ever associating the two.

17-33). After these is the commentary on Books II-VII of the Topics (fols. 33-46). Then there are the commentaries on the Posterior Analytics (fols. 46-69) and on On Sophistical Refutation (fols. 69-79). These are followed by the commentaries presented here: Topics (fols. 79-85), Rhetoric (fols. 85-95), and Poetics (fols. 95-96). Two short treatises by al-Farabi * are separated from the rest of the collection by a blank folio; both treatises are in Judaeo-Arabic alone: "The Speech about the Conditions of Demonstration" (fols.

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