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Avicenna or Ibn Sīnā (c. 980 – 1037) was a Persian polymath whose writings include 150 surviving works on philosophy. His philosophical works cover topics such as logic, ethics and metaphysics.

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Is it rationally possible to believe in a sensationless soul after death?

Epicurus's thoughts on death were: -Death is the cessation of sensation -Good and evil only make sense in terms of sensation Therefore: Death is neither good nor evil My (sort of related) question ...
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On Latin reception of Avicenna

I'm looking for an article represents a general picture of Ibn Sina's (Avicenna's) Latin reception in the middle ages. For example in this book we read about reception of particular aspects: https://...
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What are some differences between Avicenna and Descartes in regards to being unable to doubt one's own existence

Given Descartes' Cogito and Avicenna's Floating Man arguments, what are some differences between them? It appears to me that they are both arriving to the same conclusion but the process by which they ...
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What exactly does Avicenna mean here?

These two paragraphs are taken from M. M. Sharif's A History of Muslim Philosophy, Chapter 25 1. Scroll down to page 3. Ever since the criticism of ibn Sing’s doctrine by ibn Rushd who, among ...
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Who came up with the "Proof of the Truthful" name for Avicenna's argument for God's existence?

Avicenna's (or Ibn Sina's) argument for the existence of God is known as "Burhan al‐Siddiqin", which I've seen translated as "Proof of the Truthful" or "Proof of Those Who Grasp the Truth" (also Proof ...
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What is the difference between Avicenna's and al-Ghazâlî's understandings of causality?

In the 17th discussion of The Incoherence of the Philosophers, Al-Ghazali attempts to explain how a certain view of causality (which we can see is quite certainly intended to be that espoused by ...