Ibn Taymiyya Against the Greek Logicians
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 Ibn Taymiyya Against The Greek Logicians
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Ibn Taymiyah
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Ibn Taymiyya Against the Greek Logicians

CONTENTS – Ibn Taymiyya Against the Greek Logicians

  • Introduction
  • IbnTaymiyya’s Opponents and his Refutation of the Logicians xi
  • Sources of the Critique
  • lbn Taymiyya ‘s Discourse
  • JV. The Arabic Texts liii
  • V. Notes on the Translation lvii
  • Jahd al-Qarīḥa fi Tajrid al-Nasiha 1
  • Concerning the Logicians’ Doctrine that no Concept can be Formed Except by Means of Definition 6
  • Concerning the Logicians’ Doctr ine that Definition Leads to
  • the Conception of Things 12
  • Concerning the Logicians’ Doctrine that no Judgement may
  • be Known Except by Means of Syllogism 30
  • Concerning the Logicians’ Doctrine that Syllogism or Demonstration Leads to the Certain Knowledge of Judgements 111

Introduction

IN  709/1309,  Taqi  al-Din  lbn  Taymiyya  spent  eight  months  in  a Mamhik prison  io  Alexaadria.1 There he apparently  received some visitors whose identity we do  not know  but who had strong leanings towards  philoso phy. 2  Though  his interest  up  till  that  time  lay  in confuting  the  metaphysical  doctrines of  the  philosophers,  he  there made up his mind to  write a refutation of logic, which he  thought to be  the  ultimate  source  of   the  erroneous  metaphysical  doctrines espoused by the  philosophe rs.3 His critique culminated in a substantial tome, al-Radd ‘a/ii al -Manfiqiyyln , one of the most devastating attacks ever levelled  against  the logic upheld  by the early Greeks,  the later commentators,  and their Muslim followers.

The richly documented biographical and bio-bibliographical accounts of lbn Taymiyya by contemporary and later biographers and historians enable us to understand both his declared and latent

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