Article ID: CBB000931195

“If It Were God Who Sent Them . . .”: Aristotle and Al-Fārābī on Prophetic Vision (2008)

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Al-Farabi's title of ``Second Teacher'' after Aristotle is well-warranted. Al-Farabi's work serves to illuminate the writings of the ``First Teacher'' in interesting and overlooked ways that go beyond the parameters of Aristotelian logic. Credence is lent to this assessment through the analysis of a specific topic, namely, authentic prophetic vision. At first glance, this seems like a strange assertion to make given Aristotle's apparent skepticism and indifference regarding the topic of prophecy. However, as this paper will show, there is a latent theory of prophetic vision in the extant texts of Aristotle that al-Farabi recognizes and completes in a way that is, in large part, faithful to and consistent with the corpus of Aristotle as we read it today. In the end, al-Farabi provides insight into how a properly Aristotelian theory of authentic prophetic vision could be realized.

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Authors & Contributors
Bertolacci, Amos
Aouad, Maroun
Hasnawi, Ahmad
Adamson, Peter
Schoeler, Gregor
Kemal, Salim
Journals
Arabic Sciences and Philosophy
Micrologus: Natura, Scienze e Società Medievali
Publishers
Edizioni Cadmo
Warburg Institute, Univ. of London
RoutledgeCurzon
Librairie Philosophique J. Vrin
Vrin
Harvard University
Concepts
Philosophy
Arab/Islamic world, civilization and culture
Logic
Aristotelianism
Commentaries
Autobiographies
People
al-Fārābī, Abū Naṣr Muḥammd ibn Muḥammad
Aristotle
Avicenna
Averroes
Plato
al-Kindī, Abū Yūsuf Yaʿqub ibn Isḥāq
Time Periods
10th century
Medieval
11th century
Ancient
13th century
12th century
Places
Mediterranean region
Europe
Byzantium
Greece
Andalusia (Spain)
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