Reports about the view stated in the commentary on the Ethics can be found in a number of texts by other authors, including an unpublished manuscript of Ibn Bajja
(the relevant passage was translated by Pines in "The Limitations of Human Knowledge According to Al-Farabi, Ibn Bajja
, and Maimonides," in Studies, 404-05) and in several texts by Averroes, such as The Epistle on the Possibility of Conjunction, section 14, and in two untitled texts in a Hebrew translation by Samuel Ibn Tibbon included in his Commentary on Ecclesiastes and published with German translation by J.
Vincent LagardEaA re, "L'EaAepEaAtre d'Ibn Bajja sur la conjunction de l'intellect avec l'esprit humain," Revue des EaAetudes Islamiques 49 (1981), pp.
Stephen Harvey, "The Place of the Philosopher in the City according to Ibn Bajja," in C.E.
Their topics include Aristotle's Rhetoric and political thought in the Christian Orient and in al-Farabi, Avicenna, and Averroes; Ibn Bajja
and Aristotle's political thought; the reception of Aristotle's Politica in the Arabic and Syriac-Aramaic traditions; and Aristotle's Politics in medieval and Renaissance Jewish political thought.
From al-Farabi to Ibn Bajja
to Ibn Sina, Maimonides is rightly understood as working within and responding to the traditions of kalam (which he loathed) and falsafa (which he honored).
This does not yet count the constant citations from the Arabic fragments and the Latin text itself (which Taylor follows for the most part, though not slavishly), nor does it include the references Taylor makes, e.g., to al-Farabi and to Ibn Bajja
in order to throw light on the background problems with which Averroes was trying to grapple when composing the Commentary.
In that regard, philosophers of Islam during the classic period are no exception to the rule: al-Kindi, al-Farabi, Avicenna, Ibn Bajja
, Maimonides--to name only a few--are no exception to the rule.
It is the history of the transmission of this text and its summaries and their use by Muslim philosophers such as al-Kindi, al-Farabi, al-Amiri, Miskawayh, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Ibn Bajja, and Ibn Rushd (Averroes) that Dunlop traces in his learned introduction to this text.
He states that Ibn Bajja "denies that Alfarabi in his Commentary on the Ethics said what is attributed to him" (p.
Paul Lettinck, Aristotle's Meteorology and its Reception in the Arab World with an Edition and Translation of Ibn Suwar's Treatise on Meteorological Phenomena and Ibn Bajja
's Commentary on the Meteorology (Leiden/Boston/Koln: Brill, 1999), ix+505 pp, HB, ISBN 90 04 10933 1
The contributions strung together in this book deal largely with specific histories, rather than historiography or methodology as such, and they display a range that is truly daunting - from Greek and Arabic geometry to Greek, Arabic and Latin alchemy; from optics to kalam atomism; from Babylonian astronomy to Roger Bacon's mathematics; from Jahiz to Ibn Bajja
; from Euclid to the "Scientific Revolution"; and from tenth-century Baghdad to seventeenth-century Oxford.
I would argue, for example, that both Ibn Bajja
and al-Ghazali exerted a greater influence on Ibn Tufail than did Ibn Tumart.