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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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Seventh Class (P. 241)

Seventh Class (P. 241)

On Abstraction1

(p.166) Seventh Class (P. 241)
Ibn Sina's Remarks and Admonitions: Physics and Metaphysics

Shams Inati

Columbia University Press

This Class deals with abstraction (purity from matter and potentiality). Ibn Sina begins by insisting on the independence of the rational soul from the body and offers arguments in support of this view. He asserts that if the rational soul were imprinted in a body it would either have permanent knowledge of that body or no knowledge of it. Having determined that the rational soul intellects in itself and independently of the body, Ibn Sina returns to the issue of what happens to the soul after it separates from the body. He then recapitulates his view on the manner and extent of God's knowledge. In the remaining chapters, Ibn Sina explores providence, good, evil, and destiny.

Keywords:   abstraction, Ibn Sina, rational soul, body, knowledge, God, providence, good, evil, destiny

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