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    Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context.Robert Wisnovsky - 2003 - Cornell University Press.
    The eleventh-century philosopher and physician Abu Ali ibn Sina was known in the West by his Latinized name Avicenna. An analysis of the sources and evolution of Avicenna's metaphysics, this book focuses on the answers he and his predecessors gave to two fundamental pairs of questions: what is the soul and how does it cause the body; and what is God and how does He cause the world? To respond to these challenges, Avicenna invented new concepts and distinctions and reinterpreted (...)
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    Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context.Jon McGinnis & Robert Wisnovsky - 2004 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 124 (2):392.
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    Notes on avicenna's concept of thingness (šay'iyya).Robert Wisnovsky - 2000 - Arabic Sciences and Philosophy 10 (2):181-221.
    Did classical kalām debates about how thing and existent relate to each other pave the way for Avicenna's distinction between essence and existence? There are some indications that the concept of thingness may have played a bridging role between the mutakallimūn's discussions and those of Avicenna. Nevertheless, Avicenna's appeals to thingness occur most densely in passages devoted to analyzing the relationship between efficient and final causes, an entirely Aristotelian topic. A philological question arises: should these passages be emended to read (...)
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    One aspect of the avicennian turn in sunnī theology.Robert Wisnovsky - 2004 - Arabic Sciences and Philosophy 14 (1):65-100.
    Most scholars of Islamic intellectual history now agree on the distortedness of the traditional Western portrayal of al-Ġazālī as the defender of Muslim orthodoxy whose Incoherence of the Philosophers was such a powerful critique that it caused the annihilation of philosophical activity in Islamic civilization. Some in fact are coming to the conclusion that al-Ġazālī's importance in the history of Islamic philosophy and theology derives as much from his assiduous incorporation of basic metaphysical ideas into central doctrines of Sunnī kalām, (...)
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  5. Avicenna and the Avicennian tradition.Robert Wisnovsky - 2004 - In Peter Adamson & Richard C. Taylor (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy. New York: Cambridge University Press. pp. 92--136.
     
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    Final and efficient causality in Avicenna’s cosmology and theology.Robert Wisnovsky - 2002 - Quaestio 2 (1):97-124.
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    One aspect of the avicennian turn in sunnī theologyi am grateful to the Anonymous referee for asp, whose criticisms were acute and suggestions helpful. Thanks are also due to my students in a graduate seminar on māturīdism – recep goktas, Josh hemani, Wes Kelly, Yaron Klein, Christian Lange and hikmet Yaman – for pointing me in the direction of new and interesting materials, and for forcing me to think more critically about my hypothesis.: The avicennian turn in sunnī theology.Robert Wisnovsky - 2004 - Arabic Sciences and Philosophy 14 (1):65-100.
    Most scholars of Islamic intellectual history now agree on the distortedness of the traditional Western portrayal of al-Ġazālī as the defender of Muslim orthodoxy whose Incoherence of the Philosophers was such a powerful critique that it caused the annihilation of philosophical activity in Islamic civilization. Some in fact are coming to the conclusion that al-Ġazālī's importance in the history of Islamic philosophy and theology derives as much from his assiduous incorporation of basic metaphysical ideas into central doctrines of Sunnī kalām (...)
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    Yaḥyā Ibn ʿAdī on the Location of God.Peter Adamson & Robert Wisnovsky - 2013 - Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy 1 (1).
    This piece offers an edition, translation, and analysis of a newly discovered text by Yaḥyā Ibn ʿAdī, a leading Aristotelian of the Baghdad school in the tenth century. It briefly discusses what Aristotle meant, at the end of the Physics, by saying that the Prime Mover is “in” the outermost heaven. Ibn ʿAdī argues, in part through an exhaustive discussion of the senses of the word “in,” that God is in the sphere only in the sense that an object of (...)
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    Yaḥyā Ibn ʿAdī on a Kalām Argument for Creation.Peter Adamson & Robert Wisnovsky - 2017 - Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy 5 (1).
    This article offers an analysis, translation, and edition of a brief, recently uncovered Arabic text by the tenth-century CE Christian Aristotelian thinker Yaḥyā ibn ʿAdī. Ibn ʿAdī here takes issue with an argument for the existence of God, widely used in kalām. According to this argument, bodies cannot exist without being either in motion or at rest; motion and rest must begin; therefore all bodies and hence the universe as a whole must have begun. Ibn ʿAdī diagnoses various flaws in (...)
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    Yaḥyā ibn ʿAdī and Ibrāhīm ibn ʿAdī: On whether body is a substance or a quantity. Introduction, editio princeps and translation.Stephen Menn & Robert Wisnovsky - 2017 - Arabic Sciences and Philosophy 27 (1):1-74.
    The “lost” Yaḥyā ibn ʿAdī treatises recently discovered in the Tehran codex Marwī 19 include a record of a philosophical debate instigated by the Ḥamdānid prince Sayf-al-Dawla. More precisely, Marwī 19 contains Yaḥyā’s adjudication of a dispute between an unnamed Opponent and Yaḥyā’s younger relative Ibrāhīm ibn ʿAdī (who also served as al-Fārābī’s assistant), along with Ibrāhīm's response to Yaḥyā’s adjudication, and Yaḥyā’s final word. At issue was a problem of Aristotelian exegesis: should “body” be understood as falling under the (...)
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    Aspects of Avicenna.Robert Wisnovsky - 2001 - Princeton: NJ : Markus Wiener.
    By addressing some of the most fundamental issues in Avicenna's psychology, epistemology, natural philosophy and metaphysics, this work aims to make Avicenna's thought more accessible to Latinists and Islamicists alike.
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    Acknowledgements.Robert Wisnovsky - 2003 - In Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context. Cornell University Press.
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    2. Alexander and Themistius: Attempts at Reconciliation.Robert Wisnovsky - 2003 - In Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context. Cornell University Press. pp. 43-60.
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    Appendix I: Tables of Greco-Arabic Translation.Robert Wisnovsky - 2003 - In Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context. Cornell University Press. pp. 269-276.
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    Appendix II: Transcriptions of Lemmata from MS Uppsala Or. 364.Robert Wisnovsky - 2003 - In Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context. Cornell University Press. pp. 277-278.
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    A Note on Transliteration and Citation.Robert Wisnovsky - 2003 - In Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context. Cornell University Press.
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    6. Avicenna on Perfection and the Soul: The Issue of Separability.Robert Wisnovsky - 2003 - In Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context. Cornell University Press. pp. 113-142.
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  18. Avicenna on Final Causality.Robert Wisnovsky - 1994 - Dissertation, Princeton University
    Avicenna's theory of final causality stands out as one of the most profound and original achievements of Islamic philosophy. Writing mainly in Arabic in various cities of Persia from the end of the 4th/10th to the beginning of the 5th/11th centuries AH/AD, Avicenna extended the range of Aristotelian teleology to encompass not only motion but also existence; he did so by dividing the final cause into an extrinsic, kinetic end , and an intrinsic, static perfection . ;My dissertation is organized (...)
     
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    1. Aristotle: Perfection in the Definitions of the Soul and of Change.Robert Wisnovsky - 2003 - In Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context. Cornell University Press. pp. 21-42.
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    Bibliography.Robert Wisnovsky - 2003 - In Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context. Cornell University Press. pp. 279-292.
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    Conclusion.Robert Wisnovsky - 2003 - In Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context. Cornell University Press. pp. 265-268.
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    Contents.Robert Wisnovsky - 2003 - In Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context. Cornell University Press.
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    10. Causal Self-Sufficiency vs. Causal Productivity.Robert Wisnovsky - 2003 - In Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context. Cornell University Press. pp. 181-196.
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    7. Essence and Existence : Materials from the Kalām and al-Fārābī.Robert Wisnovsky - 2003 - In Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context. Cornell University Press. pp. 145-160.
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    8. Essence and Existence : Shay'iyya or Sababiyya?Robert Wisnovsky - 2003 - In Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context. Cornell University Press. pp. 161-172.
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    9. Essence and Existence : The Question of Evolution.Robert Wisnovsky - 2003 - In Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context. Cornell University Press. pp. 173-180.
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    Essence and Existence in the Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century Islamic East : A Sketch.Robert Wisnovsky - 2011 - In Dag Nikolaus Hasse & Amos Bertolacci (eds.), The Arabic, Hebrew and Latin Reception of Avicenna's "Metaphysics". De Gruyter. pp. 27-50.
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    Frontmatter.Robert Wisnovsky - 2003 - In Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context. Cornell University Press.
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    General Index.Robert Wisnovsky - 2003 - In Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context. Cornell University Press. pp. 297-305.
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    5. Greek into Arabic: The Greco-Arabic Translations and the Early Arabic Philosophers.Robert Wisnovsky - 2003 - In Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context. Cornell University Press. pp. 99-112.
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  31. Introduction.Robert Wisnovsky - 2003 - In Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context. Cornell University Press. pp. 1-18.
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    Index of Lemmata.Robert Wisnovsky - 2003 - In Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context. Cornell University Press. pp. 293-296.
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    14. Necessity and Possibility : The Question of Evolution.Robert Wisnovsky - 2003 - In Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context. Cornell University Press. pp. 245-264.
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    11. Necessity and Possibility : Materials from the Arabic Aristotle.Robert Wisnovsky - 2003 - In Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context. Cornell University Press. pp. 197-218.
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    12. Necessity and Possibility : Materials from al-Fārābī.Robert Wisnovsky - 2003 - In Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context. Cornell University Press. pp. 219-226.
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    13. Necessity and Possibility : Materials from the Kalām.Robert Wisnovsky - 2003 - In Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context. Cornell University Press. pp. 227-244.
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    3. Proclus, Ammonius and Asclepius: The Neoplatonic Turn to Causation.Robert Wisnovsky - 2003 - In Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context. Cornell University Press. pp. 61-78.
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    4. Proclus, Ammonius and Philoponus: Neoplatonic Perfection and Aristotelian Soul.Robert Wisnovsky - 2003 - In Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context. Cornell University Press. pp. 79-98.
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    Aristotle in the Arabic World. [REVIEW]Robert Wisnovsky - 1995 - The Classical Review 45 (2):288-289.
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    Majmūʻah-ʼi falsafī-i Marvī: nuskhahʹbargardān-i dastnivīs-i shumārah-ʼi 19, Kitābkhānah-ʼi Marvī-i Tihrān = A Safavid anthology of classical Arabic philosophy: MS Tehran: Madrasah-i Marwī 19 (facsimile edition).Robert Wisnovsky & Ḥasan Anṣārī (eds.) - 2016 - [Montreal]: Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University.