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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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The Order of Writing

The Order of Writing

(p.19) 2 The Order of Writing
Averroes' Physics

Ruth Glasner (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Averroes wrote three commentaries on the Physics and revised all three. Therefore a diachronic study is absolutely essential. It is usually assumed that Averroes' commentaries in general were written in the ‘natural’ order: first the short, then the middle, and finally the long commentary. Recently, however, this assumption was challenged by Alfred Ivry, arguing that the long commentary on De anima was written before the long commentary. This brief chapter adduces evidence to show that the commentaries on the Physics were written in the natural order, and throws some light also on the case of De anima.

Keywords:   order, dating, first commentary, middle commentary, long commentary

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