Alexander of Aphrodisias: On Aristotle on Coming to be and Perishing 2.2-5 (Ancient Commentators on Aristotle)
By: of Aphrodisias Alexander (author), Emma Gannage (translator)Paperback
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This important commentary by Alexander of Aphrodisias on Aristotle's work on biochemistry was previously lost. However, four chapters of it have been re-identified in an Arabic translation by Emma Gannage and are here translated for the first time. The chapters were preserved in the writings of an eighth-century alchemist, Jabir ibn Hayyan. In addition to preserving an interesting example of very early cross-cultural scientific activity in the Muslim world, the newly discovered material is of philosophical importance: We learn how Alexander attempted to provide a unified theory that would unite Aristotle's chemistry with his elemental physics. As well as an English translation of the text, this volume includes a detailed introduction demonstrating the authenticity of the work and discussing its contribution to our understanding of ancient science.
Emma Gannage is Associate Professor in the Department of Arabic and Isalmic Studies at Georgetown University, USA.
Guest Editor's preface Author's preface Introduction Translation Appendix: Treatise of Ya'qub b. Ishaq al-Isra'ili al-Mahalli Bibliography English-Arabic Glossary Arabic-English Index Subject Index
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