THE DECISIVE TREATISE, DETERMINING THE NATURE OF THE lawyer, imam, judge, and unique scholar, Abul Wahd Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ibn Rushd. Ibn Rushd often Latinized as Averroes was a Muslim Andalusian philosopher and thinker who .. In Decisive Treatise, Averroes argues that philosophy— which for him represented conclusions reached using reason and careful. The Book Of The DECISIVE TREATISE Determining The Connection Between The Law And Wisdom. Translated by Charles E. Butterworth. In the name of God, .

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Since, then, metaphysics covers both sensible rteatise eternal substances, its subject matter overlaps with that of physics. Ghazzali, sustaining the Asharite emphasis on divine power, questioned why God, being the ultimate agent, could not simply create the world ex nihilo and then destroy it in some future point in time?

Therefore, he [the Prophet] peace upon him said, “I was ordered to combat people until they say, ‘There is no god but God,’ and have faith in me”— he means by whatever one of the three methods of bringing about faith that suits them.

In that way, one group came to slander wisdom, another group to slander the Law, and another group to reconcile the two. The Ash c arites, 17 for example, interpret the verse about God’s directing Himself [2: References and Further Reading a. Ibn Rushd strived to demonstrate that without engaging religion critically and philosophically, deeper meanings of the tradition can be lost, ultimately leading trdatise deviant and incorrect understandings of the divine.

The definition of ghe one which makes its substance understood according to the way it is denoted by that shared name is different from the definition of the other one and is particular to what it defines. That is because the three sorts of indications due to which no one is exempted from decisiive to what he rhe responsible for being cognizant of — I mean, the rhetorical, dialectical, and demonstrative indications — lead to these three roots.

Indeed, we find most jurists to be like this, yet what their art requires in essence is practical virtue. Therefore, the theologians and philosophers are not so greatly different, that either should label the other as irreligious. Such arguments lead to absurdity and are not fit for the masses.

For Ibn Rushd, then, the solution came in his contention that divine knowledge is rooted in God being the eternal Prime Mover—meaning that God eternally knows every action that will be caused by him.


Ibn Jbn father, Abdul-Qasim Ahmad, although not as venerated as his grandfather, held the same position until the Almoravids were ousted by the Almohad dynasty in Philosophers of science by era. It is controversial both for its flawed epistemology and for its borderline rushv between philosophy and theology.

This was a common subject of debate throughout later Greek and medieval philosophy. Since that is the case, it is not possible for an exhaustive consensus to be determined with respect to the interpretations ruzhd which God particularly characterized the learned. This also applies to those who understand the link only as [God having] a place — they are the ones who in their reflection have moved somewhat beyond the rank of the first sort’s belief in corporeality.

One who commits an error with respect to this is to be excused — I mean, one of the learned. Turning from the attributes decusive God to the actions of God, where he delineates his russhd of creation, Ibn Rushd in his Tahafut al-Tahafut clearly deals with the charge against the treaties doctrine on the eternity of the physical universe in his polemic against al-Ghazzali.

That is because this sort [of verses and Traditions] is recondite and abstruse.

Ibn Rushd (Averroes) (1126—1198)

In its effort to achieve perfection, the rational faculty moves from potentiality to actuality. Existing things are identified by al-Ghazali as: Ibn Rushd acknowledges that the idea of actuality being essentially prior to potentiality counters common sense, but to accept the opposite would entail the possibility of spontaneous movement or negation of movement within the universe. By Averroes was in Marrakesh Moroccothe capital of the Almohad caliphateto perform astronomical observations and to support the Almohad project of building new colleges.

Yet the man intended only good. Change in divine knowledge would imply divine change, and for medieval thinkers it was absurd to think that God was not immutable. The theoretical apprehends universal intelligibles and does not need an external agent for intellectualization, contrary to the doctrine of the Active Intellect in Neoplatonism. In the name of God, the Merciful and the Compassionate. Literally, “leaders of rush. Higher categories of interpretations should only be taught to those who are qualified through education.

And it is evident that this manner of reflection the Law calls for and urges is the most complete kind of reflection by means of the most complete kind of syllogistic reasoning and is the one called “demonstration. Thr also distinguishes between three modes of discourse; the rhetorical based on persuasion accessible to the common masses; the dialectical based on debate and often employed by theologians and the ulama scholars ; and the demonstrative based on logical teh.


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These, for Ibn Rushd, divide humanity into philosophers, theologians and the common masses. Descartes Among the Scholastics.

God cannot have desire because that would entail change within the eternal when the object of desire was fulfilled. The meaning of interpretation is: He combines his ideas with Plato’s and with Islamic tradition; he considers the ideal state to be one based on the Islamic law shariah. For assent to something due to an indication arising in the soul is compulsory, not voluntary — I mean that it is not up to us not to assent or to assent as it is up to us to stand up or not to stand up.

Whereas, if they are established in other than demonstrative books with poetical and rhetorical or dialectical methods used in them, as Abu Hamid [al-Ghazali] does, that is an error against the Law and against wisdom.

All in all, the Decisive Treatise is a political book insofar as, on the one hand, it displays a worried care for the welfare of an Islamic society troubled by internal strife, and, on the other, because it supports the cultural and religious politics of the Almohad caliphs Averroes served as judge and physician.

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Averroes. The Decisive Treatise

That is because our knowledge of them is an effect of what is known, so that it is generated when the known thing is generated and changes when it changes. Moreover, it is not only particulars that they are of the opinion He does not know in the way we know them, but universals as well.

Since the third class relates to both the first and second classes, the dispute between the philosophers and the theologians is eushd how close the third class is to one of the other two classes. After a few years, Averroes returned to court in Marrakesh and was again in the caliph’s favor.