THE DECISIVE TREATISE, DETERMINING THE NATURE OF THE lawyer, imam, judge, and unique scholar, Abul Wahd Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ibn Rushd. Ibn Rushd often Latinized as Averroes was a Muslim Andalusian philosopher and thinker who .. In Decisive Treatise, Averroes argues that philosophy— which for him represented conclusions reached using reason and careful. The Book Of The DECISIVE TREATISE Determining The Connection Between The Law And Wisdom. Translated by Charles E. Butterworth. In the name of God, .

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This leads to the other spheres i. An encyclopedia of philosophy articles written by professional philosophers. Averroes also distinguishes between three modes of discourse; the rhetorical based on persuasion accessible to the common masses; the dialectical based on debate ruwhd often employed by theologians and the ulama scholars ; and the demonstrative based on logical deduction.

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Whereas, if they are established in other than demonstrative books with poetical and rhetorical or dialectical methods used in them, as Abu Hamid [al-Ghazali] does, that is an error against the Law and against yhe. Interest in philosophy was primarily tge the elite: For if they are in books using demonstrations, no one but those adept in demonstration will get at them.

Leaman contends that Ibn Rushd understands the process of knowing as a progression of detachment from the material and individual to become a sort of generalized species, in which the soul may survive death. Rather, it is unbelief if it occurs with respect to the principles of the Law and heretical innovation if it occurs with respect to what is subordinate to the principles. Benmakhlour, Ibn Rushd Paris: Rushx can be an infinite chain of human sexual generation, decislve those beings that are essentially infinite have neither beginning nor end and thus cannot be divided.

The basic sense oial-sarim is that of cutting; thus, it is used to rushdd both of daybreak or dawn as though cut off from the night and of night as though cut off from the day. Nay, it is even more fitting that he do so; for if the jurist infers from His statement may He be exalted”Consider, you who have sight” [ An indication that he wished thereby to alert people’s minds 40 is that he adhered to no single doctrine in his books.


See Biddyat al-mujtahid wa nihayat al-muqtasid, ed.

This opposed the explanations found among the Neoplatonists, allowing a further argument for rejecting Neoplatonic emanation theories.

Ghazzali, the dedicated Asharite, wants to support the position that God is the ultimate cause of all actions; that no being in the universe is the autonomous cause of anything.

If the Muslim community has come to a consensus regarding the meaning of any particular passage, whether allegorical or apparent, no one can contradict that interpretation. As did Avempace and Ibn TufailAverroes criticizes the Ptolemaic system using philosophical arguments and rejects the use of eccentrics and epicycles to explain the apparent motions of the moon, the sun and the planets.

For the philosopher, the attribute of knowledge occupied much space in his writing on the attributes of God. Ibn Rushd maintains, as did most of his theologian contemporaries that there are seven divine attributes, analogous to the human attributes.

Ibn Rushd’s education followed a traditional path, beginning with studies in hadithlinguistics, jurisprudence and scholastic theology.

And they agree about naming the ruhd extremes but disagree about the intermediate. So how is it possible to conceive of consensus about a single theoretical question being transmitted to us when we firmly know that no single epoch has escaped having learned men who are of the opinion that there are things in the Law not all of the people ought to know in their true sense?

This is the case of bodies whose coming into being is apprehended by sense perception— for example, the coming into being of water, air, earth, animals, plants, and rushv forth.


Averroes. The Decisive Treatise

Plants and animals have a construction that appears to have been designed; as such a designer must have been involved, and that is God. For it is not [said] in the Law ib God was existing along with sheer nothingness; no text whatever to this effect is to be found.

And, like the philosophers, the theologians interpret certain texts allegorically, and such interpretations should not be infallible. None ryshd their interpretation but God and those well grounded in science.

Like Aristotle, Ibn Rushd views the study of the psyche as a part of physics, since it is related specifically to the generable and corruptible union of form and matter found in the physical world and passed from generation to generation through the seed and natural heat.

Now, this is sufficient for reaching consensus about practical matters; but the case with scientific matters is different.

Averroes, the Decisive Treatise

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decsiive While this article focuses on Ibn Rushd’s own philosophical writings, a word about the significant number of commentaries he wrote is important.

Both groups agree that there are three classes of being, two extremes and one intermediate being. God, being the cause of the universe, has knowledge based on being its cause; while humans have knowledge based on the effects of such causes. Therefore, there must be something that imparts motion but is never moved; this is the Prime Mover i.