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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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First Class (P. 149)

First Class (P. 149)

On the Substance of Bodies

First Class (P. 149)
Ibn Sina's Remarks and Admonitions: Physics and Metaphysics

Shams Inati

Columbia University Press

In this Class, Ibn Sina deals with the substance or true reality of bodies and what attaches to it. He first discusses earlier schools of atomism and their concept of the uncuttable or indivisible part of which bodies are thought to be composed. He then presents evidence for the existence of matter and argues that since bodies are actually continuous but potentially divisible, they must have the capacity for receiving division and continuity or disjunction and conjunction. He also explores the relation of matter and form; the relation of body to surface, of surface to line, and of line to point, as well as the lack of the interpenetration of corporeal dimensions; the impossibility of void; and the issue of directions.

Keywords:   bodies, Ibn Sina, substance, reality, atomism, matter, form, corporeal dimensions, void, directions

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