Averroes Research Paper

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Medieval philosophy is the philosophy in the era referred to as the Middle Ages, the period extending from the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century C.E. to the Renaissance in the 16th century. It is defined partly by the process of rediscovering the ancient culture developed in Greece and Rome in during classical period, and partly by the need to address theological problems and to integrate sacred doctrine along with secular learning.The main topics that were discussed throughout this period was the relation of faith to reason, the existence of God, the purpose of theology and metaphysics, and the problems of knowledge, of universals, and of individuation. One influential philosopher from this period is Averroes.

We will now take a look at the life of Averroes. Averroes was born in 1126 in Córdoba. He was raised in a family of Maliki legal scholars. His
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It was through the Latin translations of Averroes' work that the legacy of Aristotle became more widely known in the West, with particular importance for the Medieval Scholastic movement (philosophy basics). Averroes also argued for the emancipation of science and philosophy from official Ash'ari Muslim theology, and some regard him as a precursor to modern secularism in Western Europe. His most important philosophical work was "Tahafut al-tahafut" ("The Incoherence of the Incoherence"). In this work, he defended Aristotelian philosophy against the claims of al-Ghazali. Al-Ghazali had argued that Aristotelianism, specifically as presented in the earlier writings of Avicenna, was self-contradictory and an affront to Islamic teachings. Averroes contended that al-Ghazali's arguments were false and that Avicenna's interpretations were a distortion of genuine
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