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Those people think that the realities of species, such as the reality of ‘man’, ‘horse’, etc. It is an instructive coincidence that virtually all the criticisms common to Ibn Taymiyya and the Greeks are also common, though in a more articulate manner, to Ibn Taymiyya and later European philosophers. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. As for the logicians’ definitions, by which they claim they can form concepts of realities, they are false; through these definitions they bring together disparate things and distinguish between those that are identical.

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Ibn Taymiyya Against the Greek Logicians

This is the sort of discussion the forefathers prohibited, although what the latter prohibited is superior ibb the logicians’ discourse because those discussions addressed indicants and judgements. See an expanded but somewhat convoluted version of the argument in his al-Radd, 7 0 – 1.

So would the delimitation of species, which at times obtains by means of verbal definitions, and at others by definitions stipulated by convention. Having determined that intoxication, the cause of the judgement, is present in both date-wine and grape-wine, we transfer the judgement, namely prohibition, to date-wine.

Ibn Taymiyya against the Greek Logicians

Ibn Taymiyya understands analogy in a more developed sense than do Aristotle al-Radd, ; Jahd, Translation, par.

Abu Khalilah Reese rated it it was amazing Feb 15, In the translation they would have fallen at the beginning of paragraphs, and respectively. His methodology and epistemology—which partly derived from the then prevalent theological and legal doctrines, but See Sections 3 and 4 of Part I, above. Even the most obvious of things, such as the term ‘man’ and its definition ‘a rational animal’, are countered with well-known objections. For a detailed account and analysis, see my ‘Inductive Corroboration’, section iii, and Weiss, ‘Knowledge of the Past’, 86ff.


However, we translate the term as ‘thinkers’ whenever Ibn Taymiyya employs it to refer to scholars approvingly. If the hearer conceives the form and meaning 2 See e. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive?

Thus, the very nominatum, or its equivalent, is pointed out accordingly. Classical, Early, and Medieval Poetry and Poets: Review quote This work, Professor Hallaq’s most recent, is almost unique to modern studies of Ibn Taymiyah and for this readon deserves our attention. These postulates require a distinction to be drawn between quiddity and its existence, and also between essential and necessary, insepar- able attributes.

Ibn Taymiyya, one of the greatest and most prolific thinkers of medieval Islam, held Greek logic responsible for the “heretical” metaphysical conclusions reached by Islamic philosophers, theologians, mystics, and others. I noticed that as far as logic was concerned, its syllogisms and most of its other methods serve rather to explain to another what o n e already knows, or e v e nas in the agajnst of Lully, to speak freely and without judgment of what one does not k n o wthan to learn new things.

For arguing that it does amounts, in effect, to saying that ‘the hearer cannot apprehend the meaning until he has heard and apprehended the word, but he will not understand what the word means until he has first understood the meaning’.

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They argue that quiddity has a permanent reality, other than its own existence, subsisting outside logicans mind. This involves us in the very process of definition which Ibn Taymiyya does not think to be fruitful. In his work Against the Logicians, Sextus Empiricus reports that as early as Socrates, logic—which kind we do not know—encountered the opposition pogicians a number of Greek thinkers. The accidental nature of such a predicable allows it to be attached to, or separated from, a subject according to degrees.

Ola rated it really liked it Aug 18, The essence is that without which a thing having this essence can never be an object of our apprehension. Those w h o studied it he likened to p e o againzt l e eating lobsters, w h o take a great deal of trouble for the sake of a little bit of meat e n v e l o p e d in much shell.

His mission was unique, and the conven- tional, formal structure of the theological and taymitya treatise would not do. Moreover, and this is significant, Ibn Taymiyya was first and foremost a lawyer and jurist, and his world- view was considerably coloured by his characteristically juristic thinking. That Ibn Taymiyya rejected this established form of discourse should come as no surprise.


About five centuries after Ariston of Chios, Sextus himself levelled a massive attack against Aristotelian and Stoic logic.

Examples are ‘figure’ for ‘triangle,’ or ‘corporeality’ for ‘human b e i logicans g. For if such a case does exist,”the predication of the judgement in the original case becomes question- able, and the transfer of the judgement will not be possible. Some two dozen treatises of his must be consulted logician order to establish, for instance, his views on the problem of God’s existence.

Ibn Taymiyya seems to have thought that, once abstracted, these propositions become virtually axiomatic in the mind, and are not susceptible to refutation.

What is self-evident for someone may, without the need for definition, also become axiomatic for another through means similar to those to which the former was exposed. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, without the prior permission in writing of Oxford Zgainst Press. It is significant that some of the statements made by Ibn Taymiyya grwek reminiscent of the sweeping condemnation of yaymiyya pronounced by Ariston ten centuries earlier.

Like grape-wine, date-wine possesses the quality of intoxication which we establish through sense perception. Sources of the Critique xlv able attitude of both men towards the Aristotelian concept of the complete definition. Real essences require the use of a language that precisely describes, and corresponds to, the quiddity of a thing.

Ibn Taymiyya Against the Greek Logicians – Oxford Scholarship

Negating without possessing knowledge is, in effect, making a statement based on no knowledge. The use of the word ‘dates’ in the English language is inclusive of the essential attributes found in the Arabic busr. Skip to main content.