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Al-Farabi : Founder of Islamic Neoplatonism: His Life, Works and Influence (Majid Fakhry)

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ISBN: 185168302X
Author: Majid Fakhry
Publisher: Oneworld Publications (July 2002)
Pages: 168 Binding: Paperback

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The only comprehensive introduction to al-Farabi - the first Islamic philosopher to translate the works of Plato and Aristotle - this new survey from leading scholar Majid Fakhry documents the philosopher's life, writings and achievements in a concise yet authoritative manner. Outlining al-Farabi's impact on the world of philosophy, his views on human reason and the nature of God, and his legacy, this is a definitive guide to a much neglected figure.

Majid Fakhry is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University, Washington DC. He has been a lecturer in philosophy in Lebanon and the UK, as well as in the US. His publications include Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Mysticism: A Short Introduction and Averroes: His life, Works and Influence.

  • Preface
  • Introduction

1. Life and Works

2. Al-Fa°ra°bi and the Greek Legacy

  • The genesis of philosophy
  • Philosophy and religion
  • Presocratics, stoics and peripatetics
  • Plato and his philosophy
  • The philosophy of Aristotle
  • The harmony of Plato and Aristotle

3. The Classification of the Sciences

  • The interrelation of the sciences
  • Logic and mathematics
  • Physics and metaphysics
  • Ethics and politics
  • The Islamic sciences

4. Al-Fa°ra°bi as Logician

  • The logical corpus
  • The analysis of logical terms
  • The demonstrative art
  • Rhetoric and poetics

5. Theory of Knowledge

  • The nature of scientific knowledge
  • The various senses of the term `intellect' (`aql )
  • The Active Intellect

6. Emanation versus Creation

  • The Neoplatonic legacy
  • The nature of the First Being or the One
  • The intellect, as the first emanation
  • The heavenly bodies
  • The material world
  • The human soul and its faculties
  • Prophecy and the imaginative faculty

7. Ethical Theory

  • The attainment of happiness
  • The moral virtues and their acquisition
  • Evil and not-being
  • Justice and friendship

8. Political Theory

  • The principles of political association
  • The master organ and the master ruler (ra ' i°s)
  • The qualification of the chief ruler (ra ' i°s)
  • The virtuous city
  • The non-virtuous cities
  • The outgrowths (nawa°bit) as a hybrid class
  • Lawlessness and discord
  • Political justice and religious piety
  • The fate of the soul after death

9. Al-Fa°ra°bi and Music

10. Al-Fa°ra°bi in History

  • The triumph of Neoplatonism
  • Al-Fa°ra°bi's philosophical legacy
  • Al-Ghaza°li's onslaught on Al-Fa°ra°bi and Ibn Si°na
  • Ibn Ba°jjah and the Andalusian interlude
  • Ibn Rushd (Averroes)
  • Neoplatonism and Sufism
  • Al-Fa°ra°bi and the West
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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