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Jon McGinnis

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331479

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331479.001.0001

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The Avicennan Heritage

The Avicennan Heritage

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(p.244) 10 The Avicennan Heritage
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Avicenna
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Jon McGinnis (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331479.003.0010

Prior to Avicenna, philosophy in Arabic-speaking lands was identified with a Neoplatonized Aristotelianism; however, after him it was Avicenna’s philosophical vision that came to dominate, which itself incorporated the best of ancient Greek science and philosophy with the Islamic religion, law, and theology. Even among later Jewish and Christian philosophers, Avicenna was to have a significant influence. This chapter, thus, considers some of the more notable instances of Avicenna’s influence both on Judeo-Islamic philosophical theology and Christian scholasticism. The chapter gestures at Avicenna’s influence on such luminaries within the intellectual circles of Muslims and Jews as the great Islamic theologian al-Ghazālī, as-Suhrawardī, the founder of the Illuminationist school, and the renowned Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides, while Christian philosophers in the Latin West inspired by Avicenna include Albert the Great, Thomas Aquinas, and Duns Scotus.

Keywords:   Avicennan heritage, Islamic philosophy, Jewish philosophy, Christian philosophy, al-Ghazālī, as-Suhrawardī, Moses Maimonides, Albert the Great, Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus

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