Averroes’ De substantia orbis : critical edition of the by Arthur Hyman, Averroes

By Arthur Hyman, Averroes

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- Corpus philosophorum medii aevi
- Averrois Hebraicus

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Averroes' answer to this question does not emerge clearly from the present discussion, but he seems to hold that "matter" and "form" are predicated of celestial and terrestrial bodies according to equivocation. Cf. below, n. 12, and Hebrew text, chap. 5, lines 3-5; also chap. 2, lines 47-51; chap. 3, lines 100-104; and chap. 6, lines 12-15. However, in chap. 2, lines 106-116, he seems to imply that the two terms are predicated according to priority and posteriority. Cf. n. 60 to that chapter. maipj, corporeitas.

Niphus,... Commentationes in librum Averrois de substantia orbis (Veneliis, 1508), and other sixteenth-century editions. Pietro Pomponazzi, Super libello de substanlia orbis expositio et quaestiones quattuor (Corsi inediti dell'insegnamento padovano), ed. A. Poppi (Padua, 1966). The text appearing in this edition is identical with text 1, so that there was no need to record it in the critical apparatus. Commentaria in sermonetn Averrois de substantia orbis (Venetiis, 1580). This commentary is found in the Juntine editions of 1550-1552, 1573-1576 and other sixteenth-century editions.

But Aristotle had also shown that it must be finite in some respect. For any force belonging to a finite body must be finite, and the celestial bodies are finite in their dimensions. How can the celestial motive forces be infinite as well as finite? To resolve this difficulty Averroes distinguished between two kinds of motive forces that may be said to be infinite: those infinite in duration and those infinite in velocity and intensity. A motive force of the latter kind cannot belong to any body, be it celestial or terrestrial, for it would move its body in no time.

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