The Theology of Aristotle

  • a page from a 1930s egyptian copy of the theology of aristotle.

    the theology of aristotle or theologia aristotelis (arabic: أثولوجيا أرسطو‎, romanizedathulujiya aristu) is a paraphrase in arabic of parts of plotinus' six enneads along with porphyry's commentary. it was traditionally attributed to aristotle, but as this attribution is certainly untrue it is conventional to describe the author as "pseudo-aristotle". it had a significant effect on early islamic philosophy, due to islamic interest in aristotle. al-kindi (alkindus) and avicenna, for example, were influenced by plotinus' works as mediated through the theology and similar works. the translator attempted to integrate aristotle's ideas with those of plotinus — while trying to make plotinus compatible with christianity and islam, thus yielding a unique synthesis.

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A page from a 1930s Egyptian copy of the Theology of Aristotle.

The Theology of Aristotle or Theologia Aristotelis (Arabic: أثولوجيا أرسطو‎, romanizedAthulujiya Aristu) is a paraphrase in Arabic of parts of Plotinus' Six Enneads along with Porphyry's commentary. It was traditionally attributed to Aristotle, but as this attribution is certainly untrue it is conventional to describe the author as "Pseudo-Aristotle". It had a significant effect on early Islamic philosophy, due to Islamic interest in Aristotle. Al-Kindi (Alkindus) and Avicenna, for example, were influenced by Plotinus' works as mediated through the Theology and similar works. The translator attempted to integrate Aristotle's ideas with those of Plotinus — while trying to make Plotinus compatible with Christianity and Islam, thus yielding a unique synthesis.

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