Document Type

Article

Abstract

In this study, we look at two interpretive puzzles associated with the thought of Avicenna that are still of intrinsic philosophical interest today. The first concerns to what extent, if at all, Avicenna’s deity can be said to act freely. The second concerns to what extent, if at all, humans within Avicenna’s philosophical system can be said to act freely. It is our contention that only through a careful analysis of Avicenna’s theory of action can one begin to assess his position concerning the status of the will and so provide a satisfactory response to these two interpretative issues. We hope to show that Avicenna can account for divine freedom and that, at least in the case of prophets and sages, humans too are capable of free action.

Publication Date

6-28-2015

ISSN

1613-0650

Publication Title

Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie

Volume

97

Issue

2

First Page

160

Last Page

195

DOI

10.1515/agph-2015-0007

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