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Averroes' Physics: A Turning Point in Medieval Natural Philosophy

Ruth Glasner


For the first time Averroes' physics is studied on the basis of all available texts and versions of his three commentaries on Aristotle's Physics, including texts that are extant only in Hebrew manuscripts and have not been hitherto studied. A comparison of these sources shows that a diachronic study is absolutely essential. Averroes changed his interpretation of the basic notions of physics—the structure of corporeal reality and the definition of motion—more than once. He has repeatedly rewritten and edited several key chapters in all three commentaries. After many hesitations he offers a bol ... More

Keywords: Averroes, Ibn Rushd, physics, commentaries, atomism, minima naturalia, forma fluens, indeterminism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199567737
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567737.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruth Glasner, author
Hebrew University
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