The concentration of this chapter is on Avicenna’s account of the theoretical intellect (his account of the so-called practical intellect is deferred until chapter 8), beginning with his discussion of the stages of intellectual development. It next turns to the nature of the human theoretical intellect, and considers Avicenna’s arguments for the human intellect’s immateriality, its temporal origination, and also its incorruptibility, that is, its immortality. After discussing these topics, Avicenna’s theory about the Active Intellect and intellectual memory are taken up. There is then an extended discussion of Avicenna’s views concerning self-awareness. The chapter concludes by considering his naturalistic account of prophecy.
Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.