By Peter Adamson

ISBN-10: 0195181425

ISBN-13: 9780195181425

ISBN-10: 0195181433

ISBN-13: 9780195181432

Al-Kindi was once the 1st thinker of the Islamic global. He lived in Iraq and studied in Baghdad, the place he turned connected to the caliphal courtroom. in the end he might develop into an immense determine at court docket: a teach to the caliph's son, and a primary determine within the translation flow of the 9th century, which rendered a lot of Greek philosophy, technological know-how, and drugs into Arabic. Al-Kindi's wide-ranging highbrow pursuits integrated not just philosophy but additionally song, astronomy, arithmetic, and medication. via deep engagement with Greek culture al-Kindi constructed unique theories on key matters within the philosophy of faith, metaphysics, actual technology, and ethics. he's specially recognized for his arguments opposed to the world's eternity, and his cutting edge use of Greek rules to discover the belief of God's solidarity and transcendence.

Despite al-Kindi's old and philosophical value no publication has awarded a whole, in-depth examine his inspiration in the past. during this obtainable advent to al-Kindi's works, Peter Adamson surveys what's identified of his existence and examines his approach and his perspective in the direction of the Greek culture, in addition to his refined courting with the Muslim highbrow tradition of his day. primarily the booklet specializes in explaining and comparing the information present in al-Kindi's wide-ranging philosophical corpus, together with works dedicated to technology and arithmetic. all through, Adamson writes in language that's either severe and interesting, educational and approachable. This publication should be of curiosity to specialists within the box, however it calls for no wisdom of Greek or Arabic, and can be geared toward non-experts who're easily drawn to one of many maximum of Islamic philosophers.

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