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Extra info for Arabic logic: Ibn al-Ṭayyib's commentary on Porphyry's Eisagoge
The study also takes into account the four extant Greek commentaries of Ammonius, Elias, Pseudo-Elias and David. Parallels between the commentaries of Ibn al-Tayyib and these Alexandrian scholars have been pointed out in the Commentary. I wish to thank the following scholars for the different kinds of assistance I received from them: the late Emeritus Prof. A. Wolfson; Prof. John E. Murdoch of the Department of the History of Science; Prof. L. Owen of the Department of Philosophy and Classics; Dr.
That is to say, he, unlike Ibn al-Tayyib, does not quote verbatim a passage from Porphyry's work and comment upon it. His "Eisagoge" is rather a restatement or paraphrase of the subject matter of Porphyry in his own way and with his own views on it. The views of the eminent philosopher, al-Farabi, have, where relevant, also been mentioned. Ibn al-Tayyib's own commentary on the Categories (as yet unpublished) has been referred to in a handful of places. The study also takes into account the four extant Greek commentaries of Ammonius, Elias, Pseudo-Elias and David.
Iii) Predication. The author emphasizes that individuals are the genuine subjects of predication. ) fail to see that Porphyry in his Eisagoge makes the individual a predicate. Ibn al-Tayyib, but not the Alexandrians, criticizes Porphyry for this, insisting that only concepts (or, what he calls "forms existing in the soul," al-suwar al-maujuda fi 'l-nafs), not individuals, can be predicates, a doctrine equally emphasized in modern logic (see para. 91, 92, 95, 96, 171-174 of text). In fact, by making the individual a predicate, Porphyry contradicted himself, for according to the Tree of Porphyry, (para.
Arabic logic: Ibn al-Ṭayyib's commentary on Porphyry's Eisagoge by Kwame Gyekye