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Понятието за активен интелект при ал-Фараби
Al-Farabi’s Concept of the Active Intellect

Author(s): Atanas Nanev
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Издателство »Изток-Запад«
Keywords: Al-Farabi; active intellect; intellect; human cognition; incorporeal substances; Arabic philosophy

Summary/Abstract: Even though Alfarabi’s works on intellect fail to cohere into a holistic theory but rather suggest various propositions on what intellect is, they do share some common ground. On one hand, it is uniform that the development through which the intellectual perfection of the soul takes place consists in three stages: the passive or material intellect, the actual intellect, and the acquired intellect; and what makes that development possible is the active intellect, which is the last in a line of incorporeal substances bind in a cosmological chain of emanation. It is the role of the active intellect in both physical world and human cognition that different groups of texts treat differently. Of course that discrepancy is not an exception but it seems to be a focal one as the notion of intellect is discussed.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 18
  • Page Range: 62-69
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Bulgarian