Abstract

This paper reports on the doctrinal content of a fragment from the end of Ibn Da’ud’s commentary on the Physics and has nothing to say about the identity of Avendauth. The fragment addresses the transmission of motion downwards through the cosmos. An emanation is needed to jump the transcendental chasm that separates the deity from the material cosmos; but from then on down, transmission is mechanical. Two other passages (not necessarily by Ibn Da’ud) are discussed: one concerning the possibility that motion is the “necessary existent,” the other addressing the problem of action at a distance.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1565-5423
Print ISSN
1565-1525
Pages
pp. 38-60
Launched on MUSE
2016-03-19
Open Access
No
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