A translation of Avicenna's critique on Aristotle's Poetics

The last section of Avicenna's treatise on logic describes Aristotle's "Poetics". Iraj Dadashi has translated this description into Persian and has added notes to it.



Iraj Dadashi, philosophy researcher, stated: "This translation is accompanied with precise marginal notes and corrections since the original Greek text and other translations are applied for its correction."


He added: "Aristotle's "Poetics" has been translated twice in the Muslim world. One is not at hand and the other is an abridgment. This abridgment was the one Avicenna and other Islamic philosophers like Farabi favored."


Dadashi continued: "Based on Ottoman Yahya's findings about Farabi, this Muslim philosopher did not suffice with mere translation and had referred to the Greek text as well. Therefore, Farabi's explanations are the closest to the original, whereas the translation is not. So it could be regarded as both translation and description."


He mentioned that Avicenna has made use of Farabi's description on translation 'The Poetics' and said: "Avicenna provides a precise description of the issue of poetry as viewed by the Greek, yet he brings Arabic poems as examples."


He explained that in Poetics, Aristotle describes types of poetry and poetic imitation and analyzes them in terms of structure and application; he then said: "Muslim philosophers like Farabi and Avicenna, despite Aristotle, regard poetry as a logical device. In their opinion, poetry is a logical device, therefore, the last part of Avicenna's treatise "Shefa" is an elaboration of Aristotle's 'Poetics'. "


Dadashi finally reminded: "The translation presented in this book by Avicenna is about how poetry is regarded as a figure of logic and thought in the world of Islam".




Source: IBNA News Agency



Sep 23, 2010 08:52
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