A Philosophy Reader from the Circle of Miskawayh : Text, Translation and Commentary, Hardback Book

A Philosophy Reader from the Circle of Miskawayh : Text, Translation and Commentary Hardback


This volume presents the first complete edition of Oxford, MS Marsh 539, a hitherto unpublished philosophy reader compiled anonymously in the eastern Islamic world in the eleventh century.

The compilation consists of texts on metaphysics, physiology and ethics, providing excerpts from Arabic versions of Greek philosophical works (Aristotle, Plotinus, Galen) and works by Arabic authors (Qusta ibn Luqa, Farabi, Miskawayh).

It preserves fragments of Greek-Arabic translations lost today, including Galen's On My Own Opinions, the Summa Alexandrinorum, and Themistius on Aristotle's Book Lambda.

The philosophy reader provides a unique insight into philosophical activity of the place and time of the well-known philosopher Miskawayh, showing us which works had entered the mainstream and were considered necessary for philosophers to know.

Elvira Wakelnig's volume includes a new facing-page English translation and a rich commentary which identifies the source texts and examines the historical and philosophical context of each passage.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 524 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Islamic & Arabic philosophy
  • ISBN: 9780521193610



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