The definition of the relation between expressions (alfāẓ) and meanings (maʿānī) has played a pivotal role in determining the subject matter of logic all along the so-called “classical period” of Arabic philosophy. This paper focuses on Avicenna’s (d. 427H/1037) view on this fundamental topic taking into account his hitherto neglected correspondence with an anonymous disciple (Mubāḥaṯāt 579-585 in Bīdārfar’s edition). The aim is to frame this correspondence in its original context by analyzing both its direct and indirect tradition. The correspondence, which appears to be quoted in Faḫr al-Dīn al-Rāzī’s (d. 606H/1210) Šarḥ al-Išārāt wa-l-Tanbīhāt, may be one of the earliest – not to say the earliest – signs of an exegetical activity surrounding Avicenna’s Išārāt and Šifāʾ still in its embryonic stage.

The Avicennian Tradition in the Making: A Correspondence on the Role of Expressions and Meanings in Logic in Context

Silvia Di Vincenzo
2021

Abstract

The definition of the relation between expressions (alfāẓ) and meanings (maʿānī) has played a pivotal role in determining the subject matter of logic all along the so-called “classical period” of Arabic philosophy. This paper focuses on Avicenna’s (d. 427H/1037) view on this fundamental topic taking into account his hitherto neglected correspondence with an anonymous disciple (Mubāḥaṯāt 579-585 in Bīdārfar’s edition). The aim is to frame this correspondence in its original context by analyzing both its direct and indirect tradition. The correspondence, which appears to be quoted in Faḫr al-Dīn al-Rāzī’s (d. 606H/1210) Šarḥ al-Išārāt wa-l-Tanbīhāt, may be one of the earliest – not to say the earliest – signs of an exegetical activity surrounding Avicenna’s Išārāt and Šifāʾ still in its embryonic stage.
Logic; Meanings; Expressions; Avicenna; Exegetical activity
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