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  • Title: The Improvement of Human Reason: Exhibited in the Life of Hai Ebn Yokdhan
  • Author: Ibn Tufayl Abd al-Malik
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  • Our Ancestors, of Happy Memory, tell us, that there is an Island in the Indian Ocean, situate under the Equinoctial, where Men come into the world spontaneously without the help of Father and Mother This Island it seems, is blest with such a due Influence of the Sun, as to be the most temperate and perfect of all places in the Creation tho it must be confess d that suchOur Ancestors, of Happy Memory, tell us, that there is an Island in the Indian Ocean, situate under the Equinoctial, where Men come into the world spontaneously without the help of Father and Mother This Island it seems, is blest with such a due Influence of the Sun, as to be the most temperate and perfect of all places in the Creation tho it must be confess d that such an Assertion is contrary to the Opinion of the most celebrated Philosophers and Physicians, who affirm that the fourth Climate is the most Temperate Now if the reason which they give for this Assertion, viz That these parts situate under the Equinoctial are not habitable were drawn, from any Impediment from the Earth, tis allow d that it would appear probable but if the reason be, because of the intense Heat which is that which most of em assign tis absolutely false, and the contrary is prov d by undeniable demonstration For tis demonstrated in Natural Philosophy, that there is no other cause of Heat than Motion, or else the Contact and Light of Hot Bodies Tis also prov d that the Sun, in it self, is not hot, nor partakes of any mix d Quality tis prov d over, that the thickest and smoothest Bodies receive Light in the greatest degree of perfection and next to them, the thicker which are not smooth, and those which are very thin receive no Light at all This was first demonstrated by Avicenna, never mention d before by any of the Ancients From these Premises, this Consequence will necessarily follow, viz That the Sun do s not Communicate his Heat to the Earth, after the same manner as hot Bodies heat those other Bodies which are near them because the Sun is not hot in it self Nor can it be said that the Earth is heated by Motion, because it stands still, and remains in the same posture, both when the Sun shines upon it, and when it does not, and yet tis evident to Sense, that there is a vast difference in it, in respect of Heat and Cold, at those several times Nor does the Sun first heat the Air, and so the Earth because we may observe in hot weather, that the Air which is nearest the Earth, is hotter by much than that which is higher and remote It remains therefore that the Sun has no other way of heating the Earth but by its Light, for Heat always follows Light, so that when its Beams are collected, as in Burning Glasses for instance, it fires all before it Now tis Demonstrated in Mathematicks, that the Sun is a Spherical Body, and so is the Earth and that the Sun is much greater than the Earth and that part of the Earth which is at all times illuminated by the Sun is above half of it and that in that half which is illuminated, the Light is most intense in the midst both because that part is the most remote from Darkness, which is the Circumference of the Circle, as also, because it lies opposite to parts of the Sun and that those parts which are nearest the Circumference of the Circle, have less Light and so gradually, till the Circumference of the Circle, which encompasses the illuminated part of the Earth, ends in Darkness.
    Ibn Tufayl Abd al-Malik
    Ibn Tufail c 1105 1185 full Arabic name Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Abd al Malik ibn Muhammad ibn Tufail al Qaisi al Andalusi Latinized form Abubacer Aben Tofail Anglicized form Abubekar or Abu Jaafar Ebn Tophail was an Arab Andalusian Muslim polymath a writer, novelist, Islamic philosopher, Islamic theologian, physician, astronomer, vizier, and court official.Born in Guadix, near Granada, and belonging to the Qays Arab tribe, he was educated by Ibn Bajjah Avempace He served as a secretary for the ruler of Granada, and later as vizier and physician for Abu Yaqub Yusuf, the Almohad caliph, to whom he recommended Ibn Rushd Averro s as his own future successor in 1169.As a philosopher and novelist, he is most famous for writing the first philosophical novel, Hayy ibn Yaqdhan, also known as Philosophus Autodidactus in the Western world As a physician, he was an early supporter of dissection and autopsy, which was expressed in his novel.


    Commentaires:

    Clare Towse
    This philosophical novel includes one of the first references to the tabula rasa as part of a thought experiment. Although Aristotle, and then Avicenna, introduced and developed the concept of a tabula rasa, this is the first demonstration of the theory in this allegorical tale.

    Jake
    This is a really awesome little book on the concept of free thought written in the former islamic empire ( apprx 12 century AD). It is both deeply rationalistic, and almost even scientific in its desire to arrive at truth through thought/ experimentation rather than tradition. I love the idea of this book. Its current obscurity in the western world probably has largely to do with the fact that it hasnt been translated since the 18th century Ah well. If youve never heard of it, I recommend giving [...]

    Rafaël Garcia-Suarez
    A philosophical breakthrough, not unlike Descartes' cogito, that came five centuries later, and that exercised long-lasting influence, through Latin and English translations, on the Enlightenment philosophers.

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