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Peter Adamson


This monograph is a comprehensive study of the thought of al-Kindī, the first self-described philosopher in Islam, and the first to write original treatises in Arabic. Al-Kindī’s writings are closely engaged with Greek philosophical and scientific texts, whose translation into Arabic he oversaw. Some of the philosophical views for which al-Kindī is known are reactions to Greek thinkers. For instance, he used ideas from Philoponus in arguing against the eternity of the world, and his discussion of divine attributes is based on Neoplatonic texts. However, the book also places al-Kindī’s thought ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, Arabic philosophy, Islamic philosophy, medieval philosophy, Neoplatonism, medieval science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195181425
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181425.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Adamson, author
King's College, London
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