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Averroes' PhysicsA Turning Point in Medieval Natural Philosophy$
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Ruth Glasner

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567737

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567737.001.0001

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Summary and Conclusion

Summary and Conclusion

(p.172) 9 Summary and Conclusion
Averroes' Physics

Ruth Glasner (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The three turning points that were studied in chapters 6‐8 are facets of a major turning point in Averroes' thought that led to the consolidation of his ‘Aristotelian atomism’. Chapter 9 examines the arguments that were made in the previous three chapters about dating of this turning potint, and whether it was associated with the writing of the middle commentary or with the writing of the long. The data is very confusing. The conclusion, stated in Chapter 9, is that the turning point could have been influenced by his arguments with the mutakallimūn around 1180 and that Averroes worked out his new physics when he was writing the long commentary. At this stage he looked for the writings of Alexander and tried to find support in them. The revisions of all three commentaries were made after the writing of the long commentary.

Keywords:   mutakallimūn, Alexander of Aphrodisias, middle commentary, Aristotelian atomism, long commentary

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