Averroes - Averroes Averroes (1126 1198) Known in the...

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Averroes Averroes (1126 – 1198) Known in the Islamic world as Ibn Rushd. Also known as “the Commentator” (on Aristotle) Aristotle took substances (things) to be composites of form and matter. With regard to the problem of universals, Aristotle’s view is that universals (the kinds and properties that constitute the form of a thing) exist “in” substances. This is known as the in re view of universals. One feature of the in re view is that the existence of a universal depends upon its having instances. Averroes identified the soul of a person with their form. Applying Aristotle’s in re view of universals Averroes came to the view that the soul is part of the body and hence can’t survive death. Christians found the doctrine of the material soul impious. So Averroes presents a strong challenge. Averroes makes a careful distinction between the methods of theology and philosophy. He offers the view that philosophy and theology provide very different perspectives on the truth. He
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PHI PHI2010 taught by Professor Jorgerigol during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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Averroes - Averroes Averroes (1126 1198) Known in the...

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