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, "Goya" wrote:
> I'm currently learning a whole lot by translating the latest work by the
> great scholar Ilsetraut Hadot on the notion of the harmonization of Plato
> and Aristotle in Neoplatonism. For instance, there's a reference to the
> following work, which I haven't seen but will, I suspect, be of interest
> to Dennis Clark:
> Andolfo, Matteo, L'Uno e il tutto. La sapienzia egizia presso i Greci, 2008
> Have also been reading one of two new translations of the works of
> al-Farabi by the somewhat (about 50 years) younger scholar Philippe
> Vallat: Al-Farabi, Epitre sur l'intellect, Paris: Les Belles Lettres 2012.
> This is a brilliant work, consisting of a substantive introduction, a
> translation of the brief Risala fi-l-`aql, and above all a very long essay
> on "L'intellect et les intellects chez Farabi". Vallat had already shown
> in his 2004 work Farabi et l'Ecole d'Alexandrie that this great
> philosopher was basically a Neoplatonist carrying on the tradition of the
> late Alexandrian commentators. Now, he concentrates on the junction
> between epistemology and metaphysics, showing, inter multa alia, that "the
> goal of the forms of the world is thus that they may be thought by man,
> once he has become intellect in itself" (p. 150). In other words, the
> entire goal of the process by means of which the Agent Intellect inserts
> the forms within matter, thus constituting the sensible world, is so that
> human beings may (with the help of the same Agent Intellect) render this
> these forms intelligible once again by thinking them, that is, by
> re-abstracting them from matter.
> Brilliant stuff. My only qualifier would be that I think Farabi gets most
> of his ideas not from Plotinus, Syrianus and Proclus, as Vallat thinks,
> but from Porphyry. But that would take a lot of work to prove...
> Best, Mike
> Michael Chase
> CNRS UPR 76
Thanks, Michael - I have in fact now ordered that book, and I was not familiar with it til you brought it to our attention. I am certainly curious about it, and when it arrives I will post something about it. Trying to catch up on several things this work, and am still looking at Madame Oreal's contribution to the Porphyry Bude.