•  418
    The Physics of the Healing , Books I-IV (review) (review)
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 49 (2): 245-246. 2011.
    Avicenna's physics has been the object of relatively scant scholarly attention in comparison to his psychology and metaphysics. This is deplorable, for as Jon McGinnis points out in the introduction to the present volume, Avicenna's physical investigations both illuminate and deal in detail with a number of topics of crucial importance for both psychology and metaphysics. Furthermore, the scholarly consensus on Avicenna's originality and singular importance for the subsequent Arabic and Latin tr…Read more
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    Contemporary caution against anachronism in intellectual history, and the currently momentous theoretical emphasis on subjectivity in the philosophy of mind, are two prevailing conditions that set puzzling constraints for studies in the history of philosophical psychology. The former urges against assuming ideas, motives, and concepts that are alien to the historical intellectual setting under study, and combined with the latter suggests caution in relying on our intuitions regarding subjectivit…Read more
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    Avicenna on Negative Judgement
    Topoi 1-10. forthcoming.
    Avicenna’s logical theory of negative judgement can be seen as a systematic development of the insights Aristotle had laid out in the De interpretatione. However, in order to grasp the full extent of his theory one must extend the examination from the logical works to the metaphysical and psychological bases of negative judgement. Avicenna himself often refrains from the explicit treatment of the connections between logic and metaphysics or psychology, or treats them in a rather oblique fashion.…Read more
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    Contemporary caution of anachronism in intellectual history on the one hand, and currently momentous theoretical emphasis on subjectivity on the other, are two prevailing circumstances that set puzzling constraints for studies in the history of philosophical psychology. Together these circumstances call for heightened awareness of our own interpretive presuppositions as historians: the former urges against assuming ideas, motives, and concepts that may be alien in the historical intellectual set…Read more
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    Mullā Ṣadrā Shīrāzī subscribes to the Avicennian view according to which the human subject is always and fully aware of herself. At the same time, his eschatology hinges on the Qur’ānic motif of the soul as a closed book that is first opened on the Final Day, that is, on the idea that each soul’s share in the afterlife should be understood as the full revelation of the soul’s true nature to itself. The two ideas thus have seemingly contradictory entailments: the soul is fully aware of and transp…Read more
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    On the Standards of Conceptual Change
    Journal of the Philosophy of History 1-22. forthcoming.
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    Philosophy of Mind in the Early and High Middle Ages: The History of the Philosophy of Mind, Margaret Cameron
    Nazariyat, Journal for the History of Islamic Philosophy and Sciences 5 (1): 209-215. 2019.
    nonPeerReviewed.
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    The Triumph of Mercy: Philosophy and Scripture in Mullā Ṣadrā By Mohammed Rustom (review)
    Journal of Islamic Studies 24 (3): 363-366. 2013.
  •  4
    Contemporary caution against anachronism in intellectual history, and the currently momentous theoretical emphasis on subjectivity in the philosophy of mind, are two prevailing conditions that set puzzling constraints for studies in the history of philosophical psychology. The former urges against assuming ideas, motives, and concepts that are alien to the historical intellectual setting under study, and combined with the latter suggests caution in relying on our intuitions regarding subjectivit…Read more
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    Subjectivity as a Non-Textual Standard of Interpretation in the History of Philosophical Psychology
    Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 38 41-47. 2008.
    Contemporary caution of anachronism in intellectual history on the one hand, and currently momentous theoretical emphasis on subjectivity on the other, are two prevailing circumstances that set puzzling constraints for studies in the history of philosophical psychology. Together these circumstances call for heightened awareness of our own interpretive presuppositions as historians: the former urges against assuming ideas, motives, and concepts that may be alien in the historical intellectual set…Read more
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    This important book investigates the emergence and development of a distinct concept of self-awareness in post-classical, pre-modern Islamic philosophy. Jari Kaukua presents the first extended analysis of Avicenna's arguments on self-awareness - including the flying man, the argument from the unity of experience, the argument against reflection models of self-awareness and the argument from personal identity - arguing that all these arguments hinge on a clearly definable concept of self-awarenes…Read more
  • Philosophy of Mind in the Early and High Middle Ages: The History of the Philosophy of Mind, Margaret Cameron
    Nazariyat, Journal for the History of Islamic Philosophy and Sciences 5 (1): 213-218. 2019.