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Warriors of the CloistersThe Central Asian Origins of Science in the Medieval World$
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Christopher I. Beckwith

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691155319

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691155319.001.0001

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Transmission to Medieval Western Europe

Transmission to Medieval Western Europe

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(p.100) Chapter Six Transmission to Medieval Western Europe
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Warriors of the Cloisters
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Christopher I. Beckwith

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691155319.003.0006

This chapter examines how the recursive argument method was transmitted to medieval Western Europe. The appearance of the recursive argument method in Latin texts was preceded by more than a century in which Classical Arabic learning was increasingly translated and introduced to the Medieval Latin world. A trickle of translations of Arabic scholarly books into Latin had already begun to appear in Italy and Spain by the mid-eleventh century, but none of the works known to have been translated at that time seem to use the Arabic version of the recursive argument method. The recursive argument method first appears in Western Europe in Avicenna's De anima “On the Soul” or “Psychology.” The chapter considers other examples of the recursive argument method in Latin, including works by Robert of Curzon, Alexander of Hales, Albertus Magnus (Albert the Great), and Thomas Aquinas.

Keywords:   recursive argument method, medieval Western Europe, Latin texts, translations, Avicenna, De anima, Robert of Curzon, Alexander of Hales, Albertus Magnus, Thomas Aquinas

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