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By Averroes, Charles Butterworth

ISBN-10: 0691072760

ISBN-13: 9780691072760

Ibn Rushd (1126-1198), larger referred to as Averroes, is expounded to be the best one of the Muslim commentators on Aristotle and is principally recognized for his impact on medieval Christendom and on medieval and Renaissance technological know-how and philosophy. This quantity provides a readable translation of his center commentaries on Aristotle's different types and De Interpretation--the first of his center commentaries on Aristotle's logical treatises.

Originally released in 1983.

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4 CHAPTER TWO 2a14-18 20. The ones said to be secondary substances are the species in which the individual substances, as well as the genera of these species, exist in a manner similar to that of the part existing in the whole. For example, this designated Zayd is in the species—that is, in man— and man is in the genus, which is animal. So this des­ ignated Zayd is primary substance, and man and ani­ mal that are predicated of him are both secondary substances. CHAPTER THREE 2a19-33 21. 5 For example, the name "man" applies to6 this 4 See above, para.

And with respect to second­ ary substances, it may be conjectured that because the names which signify them are similar to the names of individuals or because they are used in place of the names of individuals they signify a designated individ­ ual. But that is not the case. Instead, because the sub­ ject of that name is not precisely the same, as is the name which by its form signifies primary substance, it signifies any designated thing which happens along. That is, Zayd and eAmr signify only a designated thing, whereas man and animal and species and genus in general signify many things.

Butterworth and A. Haridi (Cairo: GEBO, 1979), para. 20, with Aristotle Topics 103b20-104a2. For the dis­ cussion of this and the preceding paragraph, I have learned much from J. L. Ackrill's notes to his translation of Aristotle's Categories·, see Aristotle's Categories and De Interpretatione, trans. J. L. Ackrill (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1963), pp. 74-76 and 77-81. INTRODUCTION 15 Hereafter, Averroes' skill as a commentator becomes es­ pecially evident. His divisions of Aristotle's discussions of each of the categories and his summaries of those discus­ sions in terms of his divisions make Aristotle's explanation more accessible.

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