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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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Analysis of the Text

Analysis of the Text

(p.1) Analysis of the Text
Ibn Sina's Remarks and Admonitions: Physics and Metaphysics

Shams Inati

Columbia University Press

The text of Physics and Metaphysics in Ibn Sina's al-Ishārāt is analyzed. The Physics, the study of nature, has three main sections, and the Metaphysics, theology or the study of that which is beyond nature, has four. Each section is titled Namat (Class), by which is meant a group of ideas. These titles are different from those of the main sections in the Logic of al-Ishārāt, which are called Nahj (Method). These two parts of al-Ishārāt also differ from the Logic in terms of continuity. The main sections of the Physics are the First, Second, and Third Classes; those in the Metaphysics are the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Classes. Physics opens with a prologue to indicate that it marks the beginning of a completely new study, but no prologue precedes Metaphysics.

Keywords:   nature, Physics, Metaphysics, Ibn Sina, al-Ishārāt, theology, Namat, Logic of al-Ishārāt, Nahj, Class

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