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Renaissance Averroism and Its Aftermath: Arabic Philosophy in Early Modern Europe

Editors: Akasoy, Anna, Giglioni, Guido (Eds.)

  • Up to date account on the reception of Arabic philosophy in early modern Europe, covering the Renaissance to the rise of Oriental studies In depth study of how Western authors contextualized Averroes and Arabic philosophy within their own cultural heritage during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries Provides important discussions on the differences between Averroes, the philosopher, as created by the European tradition, and Ibn Rushd, the theologian, jurist and philosopher of the Islamic tradition

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About this book

While the transmission of Greek philosophy and science via the Muslim world to western Europe in the Middle Ages has been closely scrutinized, the fate of the Arabic philosophical and scientific legacy in later centuries has received less attention, a fault this volume aims to correct. The authors in this collection discuss in particular the radical ideas associated with Averroism that are attributed to the Aristotle commentator Ibn Rushd (1126-1198) and challenge key doctrines of the Abrahamic religions. This volume examines what happened to Averroes’s philosophy during the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Did early modern thinkers really no longer pay any attention to the Commentator? Were there undercurrents of Averroism after the sixteenth century? How did Western authors in this period contextualise Averroes and Arabic philosophy within their own cultural heritage? How different was the Averroes they created as a philosopher in a European tradition from Ibn Rushd, the theologian, jurist and philosopher of the Islamic tradition?

About the authors

Anna Akasoy, PhD in Oriental Studies (2005) at the University of Frankfurt, specializes in the history of Islamic intellectual history and contacts between the Islamic world and other cultures. In 2005, she joined the Warburg Institute as a research assistant. In 2008, she joined the University of Oxford as a departmental lecturer in Islamic history and thought and remained as British Academy postdoctoral fellow at the Oriental Institute. In 2012, she is a visiting research fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg ‘Dynamics in the History of Religions’ at the Ruhr University (Bochum, Germany). Guido Giglioni is the Cassamarca Lecturer in Neo-Latin Cultural and Intellectual History at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London. He obtained his PhD in History of Science and Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (2002). He then received a post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the Dibner Institute, MIT, Boston. He has published a book on Jan Baptiste van Helmont (Immaginazione e malattia, Milan 2000), one on Francis Bacon (Francesco Bacone, Rome 2011), and edited a volume of manuscript papers of Francis Glisson (Cambridge 1996). He has written essays on Renaissance philosophy and medicine. He is currently working on Francis Bacon’s philosophy (ERC Starting Grant ‘Francis Bacon and the Medicine of the Mind’).

Reviews

“This collection of essays brings us a wonderfully rich and multifaceted view that does justice to the elusive character of Averroes’s figure and to the extent to which it has shaped Western culture. … The high quality of all these essays is evident and the book will be of profit to many scholars with different interests.” (Lucian Petrescu, Journal for Early Modern Studies, Vol. 5 (1), 2016)


Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Giglioni, Guido

    Pages 1-34

  • Averroes against Avicenna on Human Spontaneous Generation: The Starting-Point of a Lasting Debate

    Bertolacci, Amos

    Pages 37-54

  • Revisiting the 1552–1550 and 1562 Aristotle-Averroes Edition

    Burnett, Charles

    Pages 55-64

  • Humanism and the Assessment of Averroes in the Renaissance

    Martin, Craig

    Pages 65-79

  • Marsilio Ficino on Saturn, the Plotinian Mind, and the Monster of Averroes

    Allen, Michael J. B.

    Pages 81-97

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  • ISBN 978-94-017-8102-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Renaissance Averroism and Its Aftermath: Arabic Philosophy in Early Modern Europe
Editors
  • Anna Akasoy
  • Guido Giglioni
Series Title
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
Series Volume
211
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5240-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5240-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-5239-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8102-2
Series ISSN
0066-6610
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 408
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