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By Peter Adamson

ISBN-10: 0195181425

ISBN-13: 9780195181425

ISBN-10: 0195181433

ISBN-13: 9780195181432

Al-Kindi used to be the 1st thinker of the Islamic international. He lived in Iraq and studied in Baghdad, the place he turned hooked up to the caliphal courtroom. sooner or later he might turn into an immense determine at courtroom: a train to the caliph's son, and a crucial determine within the translation circulation of the 9th century, which rendered a lot of Greek philosophy, technology, and drugs into Arabic. Al-Kindi's wide-ranging highbrow pursuits incorporated not just philosophy but in addition tune, astronomy, arithmetic, and medication. via deep engagement with Greek culture al-Kindi built unique theories on key concerns within the philosophy of faith, metaphysics, actual technology, and ethics. he's in particular identified for his arguments opposed to the world's eternity, and his cutting edge use of Greek rules to discover the assumption of God's solidarity and transcendence.

Despite al-Kindi's old and philosophical value no booklet has provided a whole, in-depth examine his suggestion before. during this available creation to al-Kindi's works, Peter Adamson surveys what's recognized of his existence and examines his strategy and his angle in the direction of the Greek culture, in addition to his sophisticated courting with the Muslim highbrow tradition of his day. notably the ebook specializes in explaining and comparing the guidelines present in al-Kindi's wide-ranging philosophical corpus, together with works dedicated to technology and arithmetic. all through, Adamson writes in language that's either critical and interesting, educational and approachable. This ebook could be of curiosity to specialists within the box, however it calls for no wisdom of Greek or Arabic, and is usually geared toward non-experts who're easily attracted to one of many maximum of Islamic philosophers.

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