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Jon McGinnis

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331479

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331479.001.0001

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Natural Science

Natural Science

(p.53) 3 Natural Science

Jon McGinnis (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Avicenna’s treatment of the most general principles of natural things, that is, those things that are in some way subject to motion or change. It begins with Avicenna’s enumeration and account of the principles of nature or causes required for motion. The discussion then turns to Avicenna’s analysis of motion and certain purported necessary conditions needed if there is to be motion, such as place, void, time, and the continuum as well as Avicenna’s arguments against atomism. Next, Avicenna’s theory of inclination (mayl) is considered as well as its role in his dynamics. The chapter concludes with his account of substantial change, the elements, and his initial introduction of a “Giver of Forms.”

Keywords:   physics, causes, motion, void, time, atomism, inclination, mayl, Giver of Forms

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