Long Commentary on the De Anima of Aristotle

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Averroes (Ibn Rushd) of Cordoba; Translated with Introduction and Notes by Richard C. Taylor; with Thérèse-Anne Druart, Subeditor

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Born in 1126 to a family of Maliki legal scholars, Ibn Rushd, known as Averroes, enjoyed a long career in religious jurisprudence at Seville and Cordoba while at the same time advancing his philosophical studies of the works of Aristotle. This translation of Averroes’ Long Commentary on Aristotle’s De Anima brings to English-language readers the complete text of this influential work of medieval philosophy. Richard C. Taylor provides rich notes on the Long Commentary and a generous introduction that discusses Averroes’ most mature reflections on Aristotle’s teachings as well as Averroes' comprehensive philosophical views on soul and intellect. It is only in the Long Commentary that Averroes finally resolves to his satisfaction the much vexed issue of the nature of intellect, Taylor shows.

Averroes (Ibn Rushd) (1126–1198) was an Andalusian-Arab philosopher and physician and a master of metaphysics, Islamic law, mathematics, and medicine. Born in Cordoba, Spain, he died in Marrakesh. Richard C. Taylor is professor of philosophy, Marquette University.

"One of the great advantages of Richard Taylor's work is that it does not stop with Crawford's established Latin text from 1953. Rather more ambitiously, Taylor has endeavored to digest and to incorporate the findings of the French scholars who are presently working on the extant Arabic fragments of Averroës' work. In addition, Taylor has brought to bear on his translation all that we know now concerning the Arabic translations of Aristotle's De anima and the corpus of texts that formed around it. The end result is an almost impossibly rich work of scholarship, one whose contours yield insights on every page and in every footnote."—Taneli Kukkonen, Philosophy in Review

"Richard C. Taylor's English translation of Averroes's Long Commentary on the De Anima of Aristole is undoubtably the most eagerly awaited translation of a work of Islamic philosophy of the past decades."—Steven Harvey, Journal of the American Oriental Society
ISBN: 9780300178296
Publication Date: April 15, 2011
610 pages, 6 x 9
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