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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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Third Class (P. 343)

Third Class (P. 343)

On the Terrestrial and Celestial Souls

(p.94) Third Class (P. 343)
Ibn Sina's Remarks and Admonitions: Physics and Metaphysics

Shams Inati

Columbia University Press

In this Class, Ibn Sina focuses on the soul. He first attempts to show that the existence of the soul is grasped by intuition and that the soul is something other than corporeal. He then introduces the notion of apprehension (idrāk) and goes on to discuss the various levels of apprehension on the scale of abstraction. He also explores the classification of the internal senses, the powers or faculties that apprehend internally, and their functions; the difference between thought and intuition; the existence of the agent intellect and its conjunction with the human soul; and how the soul becomes prepared to receive the intelligible forms. Ibn Sina ends the Class by maintaining that the intelligible forms in themselves are indivisible and nonmaterial, that is why they cannot be represented in divisible and material things.

Keywords:   soul, Ibn Sina, intuition, apprehension, abstraction, internal senses, faculties, thought, agent intellect, intelligible forms

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