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Al-Kindi (Hardcover)

Author: Adamson, Peter

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Al-Kindi was the first philosopher of the Islamic world. He lived in Iraq and studied in Baghdad, where he became attached to the caliphal court. In due course he would become an important figure at court: a tutor to the caliphs son, and a central figure in the translation movement of the ninth century, which rendered much of Greek philosophy, science, and medicine into Arabic. Al-Kindis wide-ranging intellectual interests included not only philosophy but also music, astronomy, mathematics, and medicine. Through deep engagement with Greek tradition al-Kindi developed original theories on key issues in the philosophy of religion, metaphysics, physical science, and ethics. He is especially known for his arguments against the worlds eternity, and his innovative use of Greek ideas to explore the idea of Gods unity and transcendence. Despite al-Kindis historical and philosophical importance no book has presented a complete, in-depth look at his thought until now. In this accessible introduction to al-Kindis works, Peter Adamson surveys what is known of his life and examines his method and his attitude towards the Greek tradition, as well as his subtle relationship with the Muslim intellectual culture of his day. Above all the book focuses on explaining and evaluating the ideas found in al-Kindis wide-ranging philosophical corpus, including works devoted to science and mathematics. Throughout, Adamson writes in language that is both serious and engaging, academic and approachable. This book will be of interest to experts in the field, but it requires no knowledge of Greek or Arabic, and is also aimed at non-experts who are simply interested in one of the greatest of Islamic philosophers. *Author: Adamson, Peter *Series Title: Great Medieval Thinkers (Hardcover) *Binding Type: Hardcover *Number of Pages: 272 *Publication Date: 2006/10/01 *Language: English *Dimensions: 8.54 x 5.96 x 0.91 inches

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Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780195181425
SKU 202781403
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0195181425
Release Date 2/4/2008
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0272
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA
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