To celebrate the 888th anniversary of Averroes (Ibn ruchd), i thought about briefly presenting him to those who have been living under a rock and who don’t know who Averroes is, and how much he added to the philosophy we now know.
Abu lWalid Muhammad Bin Ahmad bin Rusd (April 14, 1126 – December 10, 1198), known as Ibn Rushd, Latinized Averroës, was an Andalusian Muslim polymath, a master of Aristotelian philosophy, Islamic philosophy, Islamic theology, Maliki law and jurisprudence,logic, psycheology, politics and Arabic music theory, and the sciences of medicine, astronomy, geography, mathematics, physics and celestial mechanics.
One of his most amazing philosophy books would definetely be The incoherence of the Incoherence (okay i must admit, i’m saying ‘his most amazing book’ because it’s the only one i read from him, but i guess it’s better than not reading anything at all). The book is an important Islamic philosophical treatise, in which the author defends the use of Aristotelian philosophy within Islamic thought. It’s the one book that really collapses with my view on religion as i think harmony between faith and philosophy, or faith and science can be done. So if you think about asking me: hey, do you believe in Creation or Evolution? you now know the answer i’ll give you: both.
Anyhow, the book was written in the style of a dialogue against Al Ghazali’s claims in The Incoherence of the philosophers (Tahāfut al-Falasifa), which criticized Islamic Neoplatonic thought. Originally written in Arabic, The Incoherence of the Incoherence was subsequently translated into many other languages. The book is considered Averroes’ landmark; in it, he tries to create harmony between faith and philosophy.
( Thanks Wikipedia for helping me today! For more informations about the famous philosopher, check out this website )