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Alexander of Aphrodisias and Arabic Aristotelianism

  • Charles GenequandEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1151-5_23-2


Alexander of Aphrodisias, commentator par excellence of Aristotle, lived about 200 AD. A fairly important part of his works was translated into Arabic during the ninth century and greatly influenced the reception and interpretation of the Stagirite’s thought in the East. Important fragments of his commentary on the Metaphysics have been preserved in Ibn Rušd’s own Great Commentary on that work. Among the independent treatises preserved in Arabic, the most important are On the Principles of the Universe, On Providence and On the Intellect.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculté des LettresUniversite de GenèveGenevaSwitzerland