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Ibn Sina's Remarks and Admonitions: Physics and MetaphysicsAn Analysis and Annotated Translation$
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Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231166164

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231166164.001.0001

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Sixth Class (P. 117)

Sixth Class (P. 117)

On Ends, on Their Principles, and on the Arrangement [of Existence]

Chapter:
(p.144) Sixth Class (P. 117)
Source:
Ibn Sina's Remarks and Admonitions: Physics and Metaphysics
Author(s):

Shams Inati

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231166164.003.0009

In this Class, Ibn Sina talks about ends, their principles, and the arrangement of existence. He begins by investigating whether it is possible for the First Intellectual Principle and other exalted beings to seek something in things lower than they are. He denies the First this possibility on the ground that it is fully rich or completely independent in essence and disposition. He then argues that the resembled objects of the celestial bodies are things different in number and that the force moving the celestial sphere is noncorporeal, infinite, separate, and intellectual. He also explores the causation of celestial principles and bodies, the arrangement of existents, and the story of creation. Ibn Sina concludes with the assertion that the formation of our world is a necessary result of the last celestial intellectual substance or the agent intellect aided by the celestial bodies.

Keywords:   ends, existence, First Intellectual Principle, celestial bodies, causation, celestial principles, existents, creation, Ibn Sina, agent intellect

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