Title

Al-Ghazālī on the Form and Matter of the Syllogisms

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2010

Journal

Vivarium

Volume

48

Issue

1-2

First Page

193

Last Page

214

URL with Digital Object Identifier

http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/156853410X489763

Abstract

Al-Ghazālī's Maqāsid al-falāsifa is an intelligent reworking of Avicenna's Dānesh-name (Book of Science). It was assumed by Latin scholastics that the Maqāsid contained the views of Al-Ghazālī himself. Very well read in Latin translation, it was the basic text from which the Latin authors gained their knowledge of Arabic logic. This article examines the views on the form and matter of the syllogism given in the Maqāsid and considers how they would have been viewed by a Latin reader in the thirteenth century.