This volume brings together contributions from distinguished scholars in the history of philosophy, focusing on points of interaction between discrete historical contexts, religions, and cultures found within the premodern period. The contributions connect thinkers from antiquity through the Middle Ages and include philosophers from the three major monotheistic faiths—Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.

By emphasizing premodern philosophy’s shared textual roots in antiquity, particularly the writings of Plato and Aristotle, the volume highlights points of cross-pollination between different schools, cultures, and moments in premodern thought. Approaching the complex history of the premodern world in an accessible way, the editors organize the volume so as to underscore the difficulties the premodern period poses for scholars, while accentuating the fascinating interplay between the Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, and Latin philosophical traditions. The contributors cover many topics ranging from the aims of Aristotle’s cosmos, the adoption of Aristotle’s Organon by al-Fārābī, and the origins of the□ Plotiniana Arabica to the role of Ibn Gabirol’s Fons vitae in the Latin West, the ways in which Islamic philosophy shaped thirteenth-century Latin conceptions of light, Roger Bacon’s adaptation of Avicenna for use in his moral philosophy, and beyond. The volume’s focus on "source-based contextualism" demonstrates an appreciation for the rich diversity of thought found in the premodern period, while revealing methodological challenges raised by the historical study of premodern philosophy.

Contextualizing Premodern Philosophy: Explorations of the Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, and Latin Traditions is a stimulating resource for scholars and advanced students working in the history of premodern philosophy.

chapter |26 pages

Narrating Premodern Philosophy in Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, and Latin

Origins, Developments, Innovations
ByKatja Krause, Luis Xavier López-Farjeat, Nicholas A. Oschman
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part Part I|152 pages

Traditions and Their Origins

chapter 1|27 pages

Why the Prime Mover Is Not an Exclusively Final Cause

Alexander of Aphrodisias and Averroes
ByDavid Twetten
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chapter 2|19 pages

Philoponus and Forms

ByOwen Goldin
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chapter 4|23 pages

Roger Bacon and His “Arabic” Sources in His Moralis philosophia

ByThérèse-Anne Druart
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chapter 5|16 pages

Averroes' Commentaries on Book 7 of Aristotle's Physics

ByJosep Puig Montada
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part Part II|182 pages

Traditions Facing Forward

chapter 8|44 pages

How Light Makes Color Visible

The Reception of Some Greco-Arabic Theories (Aristotle, Avicenna, Averroes) in Medieval Paris, 1240s–50s
ByTherese Scarpelli Cory
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chapter 9|21 pages

Anniyya faqat․ Again

Reading Liber de causis 8[9] with Richard C. Taylor
ByCristina D’Ancona
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chapter 10|30 pages

Ontology and Logic in Avicenna's Concept of Truth

A Commentary on Ilāhiyyāt 1.8
ByOlga L. Lizzini
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chapter 12|15 pages

Dominicus Gundissalinus' On Unity and the One

ByNicola Polloni
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chapter 13|18 pages

Institution and Causality in Albert the Great's Sacramental Theology

ByIsabelle Moulin
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chapter 15|20 pages

Averroes on Imagination (takhayyul) as a Cognitive Power

ByDeborah L. Black
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part Part III|134 pages

Forging New Traditions

chapter 16|30 pages

The Emergence of a Science of Intellect

Albert the Great's De intellectu et intelligibili
ByHenryk Anzulewicz
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chapter 17|15 pages

Action by Being Alone in the Plotiniana Arabica

ByMichael Chase
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chapter 18|28 pages

“Incepit quasi a se”

Averroes on Avicenna's Philosophy in the Long Commentary on the De anima
ByAmos Bertolacci
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chapter 19|14 pages

Averroist by Contagion? Marsilius of Padua on civilis scientia

ByJoerg Alejandro Tellkamp
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chapter 20|21 pages

Some Choice Words

Al-Ṭūsī's Reconceptualization of the Issue of the World's Age
ByJon McGinnis
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chapter 21|24 pages

Unfounded Assumptions

Reassessing the Differences among Averroes' Three Kinds of Aristotelian Commentaries
BySteven Harvey
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