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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

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

Seyed Hasan Saadat Mostafavi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198806035.003.0002

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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