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Robert Pasnau

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198806035

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198806035.001.0001

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Avicenna on the Origination of the Human Soul

Avicenna on the Origination of the Human Soul

(p.41) Avicenna on the Origination of the Human Soul
Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy Volume 5

Seyed N. Mousavian

Seyed Hasan Saadat Mostafavi

Oxford University Press

According to the common wisdom, among both contemporary scholars and classic interpreters, Avicenna is committed to ‘Co-origination’: The human soul is temporally originated with the human body. Against the common wisdom, we will argue that Co-origination is ambiguous and vague and thus its attribution to Avicenna is in need of clarification and precisification. The problem is broken down into two sub-problems: First, the problem of the origination of different souls/powers, namely the vegetative, animal and rational, in humans, and second, the problem of the relationship between these souls/powers. Based on our solutions to these two sub-problems, we will offer our own reading of Co-origination according to which Avicenna is not committed to the view that the human soul is originated with the ‘human body’ in its ordinary sense.

Keywords:   Ibn Sīnā, Avicenna, ar-Rāzī, aṭ-Ṭūsī, Soul, Body, Origination

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