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Porphyry on ittiḥād. “New” Materials from Porphyry, On the soul in the Muqābasāt of al-Tawḥīdī

10 ottobre 2022
5:00 pm
San Francesco Complex - classroom 1

I propose that new materials from the Muqābasāt of al-Tawḥīdī should be attributed to the Arabic treatise On the Soul, which I argue is an extract from an authentic work by Porphyry. These materals contain indications of doctrines on the origin, nature and function of the union (ittiḥād) between the human soul and the divine Agent Intellect that are unattested in Porphyry’s extant Greek works, but may help to shed light on Avicenna’s hitherto unexplained violent reaction to and dismissal of Porphyrian noetics.


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Michael Chase - CNRS Centre Jean Pépin-UMR 8230-ENS-PSL, Paris-Villejuif - Max Planck Institute for the HIstory of Science, Berlin