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Jon McGinnis
University of Missouri, St. Louis (St. Louis, MO 63121-4401)
Avicenna's Physics: Recovering the Islamic Intellectual Tradition

The medieval Muslim scientist and philosopher Avicenna’s treatise on physics, at-Tabîcyyât, as-Samâ’ at-Tabîcî remains without any complete and English translation. The thirteen chapter long work propounds his account of such physical concepts as motion, void, space and time. I have a polished translation and commentary of four chapters, as well as an initial translation of the remaining nine chapters. I intend during the grant period to refine this initial translation both in respect of philosophical and scientific accuracy as well as general readability. This work belongs to a larger project of investigating medieval Islamic physical theory, a subject that has been under studied by both Islamicists and historians of science.

Project fields:
History of Philosophy

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2003 – 7/31/2003