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    A Continuation of Atomism: Shahrastānī on the Atom and Continuity
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 57 (4): 595-619. 2019.
    while it should go without saying, it bears mentioning: the history of atomism in the medieval Islamic East is not the same as that of the medieval Christian West. One simply cannot assume that what is true of the conception of the atom in the West also need be true of the conception of the atom in the East, or even that the two traditions are drawing upon and responding to the same set of literature. In fact, the question is open as to whether these two histories even share a common origin. Whi…Read more
  • Medieval Philosophy of Religion
    with G. R. Evans, John Marenbon, Dermot Moran, Syed Nomanul Haq, Jon Mcginnis, and Thomas Williams
    Acumen Publishing. 2013.
    Volume 2 covers one of the richest eras for the philosophical study of religion. Covering the period from the 6th century to the Renaissance, this volume shows how Christian, Islamic and Jewish thinkers explicated and defended their religious faith in light of the philosophical traditions they inherited from the ancient Greeks and Romans. The enterprise of 'faith seeking understanding', as it was dubbed by the medievals themselves, emerges as a vibrant encounter between - and a complex synthesis…Read more
  •  18
    The study begins with the language employed in and the psychological basis of thought experiments as understood by certain medieval Arabic philosophers. It then provides a taxonomy of different kinds of thoughts experiments used in the medieval Islamic world. These include purely fictional thought experiments, idealizations and finally thought experiments using ingenious machines. The study concludes by suggesting that thought experiments provided a halfway house during this period between a sta…Read more
  • Making Time Aristotle's Way
    Apeiron: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science 36 (2): 143-170. 2003.
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    While the little-known thinker Sharaf al-Dīn al-Mas'ūdī may have had doubts concerning the Ishārāt of the great Persian philosopher Avicenna, no one should have doubts concerning Ayman Shihadeh's brilliant Doubts on Avicenna: A Study and Edition of Sharaf al-Dīn al-Mas'ūdī's Commentary on the Ishārāt. Professor Shihadeh's volume is a rich study of Mas'ūdī's alMabāḥith wa-l-shukūk 'alā Kitāb al-Ishārāt, which additionally offers the first critical edition of that work. Doubts on Avicenna affords …Read more
  •  11
    Classical Arabic Philosophy: An Anthology of Sources (review)
    Speculum 84 (1): 188-189. 2009.
  • Time and Time Again: A Study of Aristotle and Ibn Sina's Temporal Theories
    Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania. 2000.
    The dissertation examines the temporal theories of Aristotle and the Muslim Aristotelian, Ibn Sina . After considering Aristotelian science and sketching Aristotle's theory of physics, the dissertation picks up a series of puzzles concerning the reality of time. The central puzzle is a dilemma, which seemingly shows that the now can neither change nor remain the same. The dilemma is important, since one's solution to it affects the way one envisions time. Aristotle's solution, I argue, is to sho…Read more
  • Book Review (review)
    Journal of the American Oriental Society 124 (1): 103-108. 2004.
  • Avicenna’s _Physics_ is the very first volume that he wrote when he began his monumental encyclopedia of science and philosophy, _The_ _Healing_. Avicenna’s reasons for beginning with _Physics_ are numerous: it offers up the principles needed to understand such special natural sciences as psychology; it sets up many of the problems that take center stage in his _Metaphysics_; and it provides concrete examples of many of the abstract analytical tools that he would develop later in _Logic_. While …Read more
  •  11
    Avicenna's Metaphysics in Context
    with Robert Wisnovsky
    Journal of the American Oriental Society 124 (2): 392. 2004.
  •  21
    Relational Syllogisms and the History of Arabic Logic, 900–1900 (review)
    Speculum 88 (1): 283-284. 2013.
  •  11
    An Annotated Bibliography on Ibn Sina: First Supplement
    with Jules L. Janssens
    Journal of the American Oriental Society 121 (3): 535. 2001.
  •  16
    Intelligence and the Philosophy of Mind
    Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 80 169-183. 2006.
  • Book Review (review)
    Journal of the American Oriental Society 124 (2): 392-394. 2004.
  •  16
    The cambridge companion to Anselm
    Review of Metaphysics 60 (1): 148-150. 2006.
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    Avicennan Infinity: A Select History of the Infinite through Avicenna
    Documenti E Studi Sulla Tradizione Filosofica Medievale 21 199-222. 2010.
  •  87
    Aristotle's account of place in terms of an innermost limit of a containing body was to generate serious discussion and controvery among Aristotle's later commentators, especially when it was applied to the cosmos as a whole. The problem was that since there is nothing outside of the cosmos that could contain it, the cosmos apparently could not have a place according to Aristotle's definition; however, if the cosmos does not have a place, then it is not clear that it could move, but it was thoug…Read more
  • Logic and Science: The Role of Genus and Difference in Avicenna's Logic, Science and Natural Philosophy
    Documenti E Studi Sulla Tradizione Filosofica Medievale 18 165-186. 2007.
    Il naturale senso della logica in relazione alla scienza è quello di fornire un linguaggio alle acquisizioni epistemologiche: tale sembra essere il senso assegnatogli anche da Avicenna in al-Mantiq. La questione in realtà è molto più profonda: quale relazione c'è fra gli universali predicabili e gli oggetti della scienza? Attraverso l'esame della questione quale è delineata nel Madkhal, in particolare in merito al genere e alla differenza, e il loro ruolo nelle scienze in alcuni passaggi del Kit…Read more
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    Classical Arabic Philosophy: An Anthology of Sources (edited book)
    with David C. Reisman
    Hackett. 2007.
    This volume introduces the major classical Arabic philosophers through substantial selections from the key works (many of which appear in translation for the first time here) in each of the fields—including logic, philosophy of science, natural philosophy, metaphysics, ethics, and politics—to which they made significant contributions. An extensive Introduction situating the works within their historical, cultural, and philosophical contexts offers support to students approaching the subject for …Read more
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    Alexander of Aphrodisias on the Cosmos
    with Charles Genequand
    Journal of the American Oriental Society 124 (1): 103. 2004.
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    Scientific Methodologies in Medieval Islam
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 41 (3): 307-327. 2003.
    : The present study considers Ibn Sînâ's (Lat. Avicenna) account of induction (istiqra') and experimentation (tajriba). For Ibn Sînâ induction purportedly provided the absolute, necessary and certain first principles of a science. Ibn Sînâ criticized induction, arguing that it can neither guarantee the necessity nor provide the primitiveness required of first principles. In it place, Ibn Sînâ developed a theory of experimentation, which avoids the pitfalls of induction by not providing absolute,…Read more
  • Book Review (review)
    Journal of the American Oriental Society 121 (4): 729-730. 2001.