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Ethics in Medieval Islamic Philosophy

Charles E. Butterworth
The Journal of Religious Ethics
Vol. 11, No. 2 (Fall, 1983), pp. 224-239
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40017707
Page Count: 16
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Abstract

This essay focuses on three of Islam's best-known philosophers: Farabi, Avicenna, and Averroes. It sets forth and compares their ethical teaching on the following basic issues: (1) the relation of philosophy to religion, (2) the communal basis of ethics and the comcomitant role of statecraft, and (3) some specific charac- teristics of their ethical teaching. Throughout the essay the close connection of medieval Islamic with classical Greek philosophy is noted.

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