Article ID: CBB001321039

Ibn Bājja on Taşawwur and Taşdīq: Science and Psychology (2014)


As is well known, ta awwur and ta d q, conceptualization and assent, are essential notions in the epistemology of Arabo-Islamic philosophy. Conceptualization amounts to the definition of an object of knowledge, and assent to the recognition, via some kind of reasoning, that this definition is true. One of the authors who dealt with both topics in greatest depth was al-F r b , whose oeuvre exerted a profound influence on Ibn B jja. This article analyzes the materials on ta awwur and ta d q found in Ibn B jja's notes regarding al-F r b 's writings on logic and scientific method, namely the glosses to Kit b al-Burh n. The analysis shows, on the one hand, that he understood perfectly the importance of both terms in al-F r b 's construal of Aristotle's scientific method; and on the other, that he used them to deal with human thought processes. Indeed, conceptualization and assent were essential notions for Ibn B jja, and underlie some of his best-known works.

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Authors & Contributors
Street, Tony
Freudenthal, Gad
Aouad, Maroun
Schoeler, Gregor
Gutas, Dimitri
Forcada, Miquel
Arabic Sciences and Philosophy
Aleph: Historical Studies in Science and Judaism
Revista de Filosofía
Medioevo, Rivista di Storia della Filosofia Medievale
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
Warburg Institute, Univ. of London
Yale University
Harvard University
Brill Academic Publishers
Arab/Islamic world, civilization and culture
al-Fārābī, Abū Naṣr Muḥammd ibn Muḥammad
Ibn Tibbon, Shmuel
Middle and Near East
Andalusia (Spain)
10th century
12th century
13th century
11th century

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