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Peter Adamson


This book introduces readers to Abū Bakr al-Rāzī (known as Rhazes in Latin), one of the most innovative and divisive figures of the early philosophical tradition in the Islamic world. It attempts to reconstruct his notorious theory of “five eternals” which posited four principles alongside God for the creation of the world, which led Razi to be charged with heresy by other authors. Central to the interpretation of this theory is Razi’s concern with theodicy, and his idea that Platonist physics is more fundamental than Aristotelian physics. Other topics discussed in depth include his critical r ... More

Keywords: Razi, Plato, Galen, Arabic philosophy, medicine, platonism, ethics, alchemy, prophecy, cosmology

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Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197555033
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197555033.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Adamson, author
Professor of Late Ancient and Arabic Philosophy, LMU Munich

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