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The Arabic Plotinus was the most important source for Neoplatonic ideas in the Arabic world. Falsely attributed to Aristotle and known as the ‘Theology of Aristotle’, the Arabic version of Plotinus’ Enneads was influential on Muslim philosophers from al-Kindi to Avicenna and beyond. This book is a study of the philosophical transformation undergone by the works of Plotinus when they were rendered into Arabic as the ‘Theology’. The translator’s approach to Plotinus was creative and historically decisive: he tried to make Neoplatonism compatible with the religions of Christianity and Islam, and to assimilate Plotinus to the thought of the genuine Aristotle.
This is the first book-length study of the text, devoted to understanding the ideas and motivations of the translator who helped to determine how philosophers for centuries thereafter would confront Greek thought.
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Peter Adamson is Lecturer in Late Ancient Philosophy at King’s College London. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. He is an editor of the forthcoming "Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy" and the author of several articles on the circle of al-Kindi.
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