Abū’l-Barakāt is often considered one of the most comprehensive philosophers of the Arabic-Jewish milieu in the medieval age. His extensive and unique philosophical theories, especially his theories in the particular sciences, were seen as a major challenge for the traditional conceptions of the Aristotelian school of thought during and after this period.
‘Abū’l-Barakāt al-Baghdādī’s Scientific Philosophy’ explores the core material of Abū’l-Barakāt’s scientific studies, found in his magnum opus the Kitāb al-Mu‘tabar. The book then locates these scientific theories within Abū’l-Barakāt’s philosophy more widely. Whilst providing a comprehensive critique of ancient philosophy, including the work of Aristotle, certain affinities between Abū’l-Barakāt’s work and that of more modern scientific conceptions are also examined.
Containing vast amounts of previously untranslated text, ‘Abū’l-Barakāt al-Baghdādī’s Scientific Philosophy’ sheds new light on the philosopher’s scientific theories, particularly with regards to his logical conceptions. For this reason, the book will be a valuable resource for students and scholars of Jewish and Islamic Philosophy, whilst the scientific material will appeal to those studying the history of science.
Table of Contents
Preface Introduction 1. An introduction to the Life and Philosophy of Abu’l-Barakat al-Baghdādī Part I: The Theory of Existence 2. Abu’l-Barakat’s Critique of Aristotle: The Transformation and Alteration of Being to Existence Part II: The Theory of the Existent Conceived on the Basis of Innate Principles 3. Abu’l-Barakat’s Philosophy of Science and the Principles of Physics 4. Epistemological Ascertainment of Psychology 5. Theoretical Conceptions of the Philosophy of Logic
Moshe M. Pavlov studied philosophy at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, taking his B.A. and M.A. in philosophy and his doctorate in Jewish Philosophy.