Jon McGinnis–Photo by August Jenneweing/UMSL Theories examines Aristotle’s and the Muslim Aristotelian Avicenna’s conceptions of time. Interpreting Avicenna: Science and Philosophy in Medieval Islam: Proceedings of the Second Conference of the Avicenna Study McGinnis (ed.). Jon McGinnis is Professor of classical and medieval philosophy at the University of Missouri, Avicenna’s Metaphysics in Contextby Robert Wisnovskymore.

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And many contemporary Catholic and evangelical Christian philosophers still come under his influence through Aquinas’s work. First Supplement more.

kcginnis Find it on Scholar. Briefly, Avicenna denies that the cosmos has a place, and so claims that it moves not with respect to place, but with respect to position. Making Time Aristotle’s Way more. The study concludes with the Arabic Neoplatonizing Aristotelian Avicenna and his novel introduction of a new category of motion, namely, motion in mccginnis category of position. On The Moment of Substantial Change more. Scientific Methodologies in Medieval Islam more.

Avicenna’s natural philosophy more.

Natural Knowledge in the Arabic Middle Ages more. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

History of Islamic Philosophy more. But what is particularly notable about this and other chapters is that McGinnis seamlessly weaves background knowledge into his presentation that is helpful to the novice and initiated reader of Avicenna alike.


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In addition to his interest in ancient and medieval temporal theory, he has also recently completed translating Avicenna’s treatise on kinematics, or the theory of motion and what is required for motion, and is beginning work on a book to be titled Avicennan Kinematics: Again, it would seem odd to think that the cosmos, as a whole, could be shifted rectilinearly, say, one foot.

His general research interest is in the history of natural philosophy done within the Aristotelian tradition, with a particular focus on the medieval Arabic-speaking world. A Penetrating Question in the History of Ideas: We know precious little about the reception of Avicenna’s natural philosophy in the post-Avicennan Muslim East and even less about the reception of physics more generally in this milieu. This paper treats first how these issues were raised and addressed in the classical world — first by Aristotle and then his Greek commentators — and second how one of the immediate heirs and benefactors of the classical philosophical.

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Duns Scotus Richard Cross. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. As a graduate student he was a research fellow at Harvard University for a year in the department of the History of Science.

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For example, in his discussion of the four elements earth, air, fire and water and their role in explaining the natural inclinations of objects and substantial change, McGinnis provides just enough information on elemental theory so that readers understand both its applicability to physical theory and the role elemental change plays in producing a change in kind.

The second concerns to what extent, if at all, humans within Avicenna’s philosophical system can be said to act freely. Book ratings by Goodreads. Privation, Possibility, and Potentiality in Avicenna and Aquinas. Here, substantial coverage is given to the powers of the human soul as they pertain to the material aspect of human beings, namely, a the faculties rooted in sensory perception, i.

He has also given public lectures on Islam and the legal status of woman and children within Islam at the request of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Skip to main content. McGinnis divides his book into ten chapters. History of ScienceIslamic Philosophyand Avicenna. He also has several articles appearing as chapters in books dedicated to Islamic philosophy and science.