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Author Abū Ḥayyān al-Tawḥīdī, ʻAlī ibn Muḥammad, active 10th century, author.

Title The philosopher responds : an intellectual correspondence from the tenth century / by Abū Ḥayyān al-Tawḥīdī, Abū 'Alī Miskawayh ; translated by Sophia Vasalou and James E. Montgomery ; foreword by Jonathan Rée ; volume editor, Devin J. Stewart
Published New York : New York University Press, [2021]


Description 1 online resource (447 p.)
Series Library of Arabic literature ; v.72
Library of Arabic literature.
Contents Cover -- THE PHILOSOPHER RESPONDS -- Letter from the General Editor -- ABOUT THIS PAPERBACK -- Title -- Copyright -- CONTENTS -- Foreword -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Map: Buyid and Neighboring Lands -- Note on the Text -- Notes to the Introduction -- THE PHILOSOPHER RESPONDS -- On the differences between a number of similar words -- On why people commend the keeping of secrets yet still disclose them -- On why certain names are more pleasing than others -- On why people preach renunciation but do not practice it -- on reasons, causes, time, and place
On why people seek worldly goods through knowledge but do not seek knowledge through worldly goods -- On why people long for the past -- On why men of knowledge tend to be conceited -- On why people are sometimes ashamed and sometimes proud of wrongdoing -- on the meaning of shame -- On why people claim to have knowledge they lack -- On why it pleases people when others ascribe good qualities to them -- On why it is bad to praise people in their presence and good to praise them in their absence -- On why people want to know what others say about them in their absence
On why people disapprove of young people who act as if they were older -- On why mean people tend to be mild-tempered and generous people volatile -- On why people need to acquire knowledge but not ignorance -- On why people who provoke admiration also feel wonder at themselves -- on the nature of wonder -- on describing and knowing God -- On why it is unseemly to eulogize long-time friends and acquaintances -- On why blind people are often endowed with unusual powers -- On why people say that nothing good comes from partnership
On why people use intermediaries despite the problems with partnership -- On why people speak gladly about the needs of those they concern themselves with yet keep quiet about their own needs -- On why some people become famous after they die -- On why men of virtue and reason feel envious toward their equals even though they know envy is blameworthy -- On why we fear death but sometimes welcome it -- On why thin people tend to be noble and fat people ignoble -- On why short people tend to be crafty and tall people foolish -- On why some people overstate and others understate their age
On why people end up loving particular months or days and why they form different conceptions of different days -- On the meaning and origin of injustice -- On the significance of a popular saying, and the meaning of certain words -- On why relatives and kinfolk are prone to outbreaks of extreme hostility -- On why people become angry when others impute evil to them -- On why a person who is being talked about suddenly appears out of nowhere -- on the nature of coincidences -- On the meaning of certain ordinary and technical terms
Summary Questions and answers from two great philosophersWhy is laughter contagious? Why do mountains exist? Why do we long for the past, even if it is scarred by suffering? Spanning a vast array of subjects that range from the philosophical to the theological, from the philological to the scientific, The Philosopher Responds is the record of a set of questions put by the litterateur Abū Ḥayyān al-Tawḥīdī to the philosopher and historian Abū ʿAlī Miskawayh. Both figures were foremost contributors to the remarkable flowering of cultural and intellectual life that took place in the Islamic world during the reign of the Buyid dynasty in the fourth/tenth century.The correspondence between al-Tawḥīdī and Miskawayh holds a mirror to many of the debates of the time and reflects the spirit of rationalistic inquiry that animated their era. It also provides insight into the intellectual outlooks of two thinkers who were divided as much by their distinctive temperaments as by the very different trajectories of their professional careers. Alternately whimsical and tragic, trivial and profound, al-Tawḥīdī's questions provoke an interaction as interesting in its spiritedness as in its content.An English-only edition
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes On the meaning of certain prepositional expressions concerning God
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Subject Abū Ḥayyān al-Tawḥīdī, ʻAlī ibn Muḥammad, active 10th century -- Correspondence
Ibn Miskawayh, Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad, -1030 -- Correspondence
Abū Ḥayyān al-Tawḥīdī, ʻAlī ibn Muḥammad, active 10th century
Ibn Miskawayh, Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad, -1030
Authors, Arab -- To 1258 -- Correspondence
Philosophers -- Iran -- 10th century -- Correspondence
Islamic philosophy -- Early works to 1800
Authors, Arab
Islamic philosophy
Genre/Form Early works
Personal correspondence
Form Electronic book
Author Ibn Miskawayh, Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad, -1030, author.
Stewart, Devin J., editor.
Vasalou, Sophia, translator.
Montgomery, James E. (James Edward), 1962- translator.
Rée, Jonathan
ISBN 9781479806393
Other Titles Hawāmil wa-al-shawāmil. English