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La naqla, étude du concept de transfert dans l'œuvre d'al-Fārābī (2010)


This article aims at presenting for the first time a central concept in al-Farabi's work that constitutes a keystone in understanding his thought, be it in its logical or political aspects. This concept is that of naqla, which, in terms of transmission and translation, its generic transcription can be rendered as `transfer'. The naqla is a notion that pertains to rupture in linguistic, logical or temporal continuities, and hints at confusing contiguities in the use of words, in demonstrations and in historical processes. This notion of naqla is at the centre of the preoccupations of al-Farabi in his various domains of thinking. First of all, in terms of his linguistic reflection that consists of thinking about the transfer (naqla) of a given word in between its notions of first and second imposition. Then, in logic, the integration of the modes of reasoning of the theologians in Aristotelian syllogism, which passes by way of a mechanism of logical transference in the case of induction and the shift in paradigm. Finally, the Farabian conception of intellectual history, as a transmission of knowledge, cannot be grasped in its fullest scope except through an understanding, not only of the common notion of naqla, but rather in terms of its particular Farabian sense; namely as a concept that entirely renews the question of transmission and translation.

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Authors & Contributors
Janos, Damien
Adamson, Peter
Aouad, Maroun
Schoeler, Gregor
Gutas, Dimitri
Thom, Paul
Arabic Sciences and Philosophy
History and Philosophy of Logic
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
Warburg Institute, Univ. of London
Edizioni Cadmo
McGill University (Canada)
Harvard University
Arab/Islamic world, civilization and culture
al-Fārābī, Abū Naṣr Muḥammd ibn Muḥammad
Anaxagoras of Clazomenae
al-Rāzī, Abū Bakr Muḥammad ibn Zakariyyā
Time Periods
10th century
14th century
11th century
9th century
Andalusia (Spain)
Mediterranean region
Middle and Near East

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