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Avempace

(ā`vəmpās, ä'vĕmpä`thā), Arabic Ibn Bajja, d. 1138, Spanish-Arab philosopher. Little is known of his life, but he was born in Zaragoza and died in Fès, Morocco. Developing the tradition of Islamic Aristotelian-Neoplatonism begun in the east by al-FarabiFarabi, al-
, d. 950, Islamic philosopher. He studied in Baghdad and later flourished in Aleppo as a sufi mystic (see Sufism). He died in Damascus. Al-Farabi was the author of an encyclopedic work drawn largely from Aristotle; he was one of the earliest Islamic thinkers to
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, Avemplace was the first important Spanish representative of this philosophy. Among his chief opinions was a belief in the possibility in the union of the human soul with the Divine, which later commentators found to be heterodox.
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These philosophers include Alexander, Theophrastus, Themistius, and Avempace, in addition to Averroes, whom he treats as a primary source.
A classic polymath-philosopher, physician, astronomer, mathematician, and poet, Abu Bakr Mohammad Ibn Yahyah Ibn Al Sayigh Al Tujibi Ibn Bajjah, better known as Ibn Bajjah -- Avempace in the Latinised version -- was a master of logic.
Important scholars, such as Ibn Tufail, Ibn Bajjah and Ibn Rushd -- the two latter also known in the West as Avempace and Averroes respectively -- introduced and developed physics, political science, philosophy, jurisprudence, medicine, architecture, psychology, music, poetry and literature.
For excerpts in English, see Avempace, The Governance of the Solitary, in MEDIEVAL POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY 122 (Ralph Lerner & Muhsin Mahdi eds.
Thomas relies on him for his information about Alexander, Themistius, and Avempace, but he then proposes an elegant and subtle solution, that saves, to a certain extent, what Aristotle says.
Avempace and Alexander are the dominant influences in the earliest stage, when Averroes saw the po- tential intellect as a disposition for thought belonging to the human organism.