This study is devoted to the Arabic reception of Metaphysics Beta in the Book on the Science of Metaphysics by ‘Abd al-Latif al-Bagdadi (1162- 1231). After a brief overview of Aristotle's scope in Beta, of its Arabic direct tradition and of the competing readings devoted to it by Avicenna and Averroes, I present ‘Abd al-Latif al-Bagdadi's paraphrase. I focus on the concept of metaphysics as a science that stands out from it: metaphysics owes its leading role to the fact that it studies beings qua beings, it demonstrates the principles of particular sciences and inquires into the first principle: it is ontology, universal science, first philosophy and theology. ‘Abd al-Latif al-Bagdadi gathers all the results of the science of metaphysics produced before him and transmitted through the schools'milieu. Al-Kindi and al-Farabi cooperate to this end without any perception on ‘Abd al-Latif al-Bagdadi's part that a problem might arise: in ‘Abd al-Latif al-Bagdadi's view, the 'theologizing' interpretation of Greek metaphysics and al-Farabiìs distinction between theology and ontology coexist.
|Autori:||Cecilia Martini Bonadeo|
|Titolo:||‘Abd al-Latif al-Bagdadi's Reception of Book Beta of Aristotle’s Metaphysics against the background of the competing readings by Avicenna and Averroes.|
|Anno del prodotto:||2010|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|