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A Philosophy Reader from the Circle of Miskawayh

A Philosophy Reader from the Circle of Miskawayh
Text, Translation and Commentary

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  • Editor and Translator: Elvira Wakelnig, Oriental Institute, University of Vienna
  • Date Published: March 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521193610

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  • This volume presents the first complete edition of Oxford, MS Marsh 539, a hitherto unpublished Philosophy Reader compiled anonymously in the eastern Islamic world in the eleventh century. The compilation consists of texts on metaphysics, physiology and ethics, providing excerpts from Arabic versions of Greek philosophical works (Aristotle, Plotinus, Galen), and works by Arabic authors (Qusta ibn Luqa, Farabi, Miskawayh). It preserves fragments of Greek-Arabic translations lost today, including Galen's On my own Opinions, the Summa Alexandrinorum, and Themistius on Aristotle's Book Lambda. The Philosophy Reader provides a unique insight into philosophical activity of the place and time of the well-known philosopher Miskawayh, showing us which works had entered the mainstream and were considered necessary for philosophers to know. Elvira Wakelnig's volume includes a new facing-page English translation and a rich commentary which identifies the source texts and examines the historical and philosophical context of each passage.

    • First edition of the complete Arabic text of Marsh 539 with a facing-page English translation
    • Gives the source text and explains the historical and philosophical context of each individual passage in a running commentary
    • Introduces and establishes the sources put together in the eleventh century by an anonymous compiler, giving unique insight into the knowledge of that place and time
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521193610
    • length: 524 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 181 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.2kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Marsh 539: a philosophy reader (PR)
    2. The author: a student of Miskawayh?
    3. The contents: a fusion of the Late Antique curriculum and Neoplatonism?
    4. The individual passages: a detailed table of contents
    5. The sources of the PR: an overview of what was read in the tenth and eleventh century in the Islamic East
    6. Some parallel and similar texts to the PR: Greek legacy in Arabic
    7. Marsh 539: its physical appearance
    8. The manuscript: an autograph?
    9. The edition: some remarks
    Arabic text and English translation

  • Editor and Translator

    Elvira Wakelnig, Oriental Institute, University of Vienna
    Elvira Wakelnig is project researcher at the University of Warwick and at the University of Vienna. She is the author of Feder, Tafel, Mensch (2006).

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