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Shihadeh, Ayman (2014) 'Avicenna's Corporeal Form and Proof of Prime Matter in Twelfth-Century Critical Philosophy: Abū l-Barakāt, al-Masʿūdī and al-Rāzī.' Oriens: Journal of Philosophy, Theology and Science in Islamic Societies, 42 (2-4). pp. 364-396.

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This article explores a previously unknown twelfth-century debate surrounding Avicenna’s theory of matter, in particular his views that, being deprived of actuality, prime matter is non-corporeal, and that body is invested with corporeity by a substantial form impressed into matter known as corporeal form. Avicenna’s main proof of prime matter from body’s susceptibility to division was targeted earlier in the century by Abū l-Barakāt al-Baghdādī and Sharaf al-Dīn al-Masʿūdī, but was later reinterpreted and developed by Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī, who brought this particular debate to a close. The problem, however, persisted as a puzzle that exercised later Arabic philosophers.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of History
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East
ISSN: 00786527
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Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2014 13:47
Related URLs: http://booksand ... 778372-04203004 (Publisher URL)

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