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Distinction between essence and existence and the doctrine of creation

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Islamic thought > Islamic philosophy > The Eastern philosophers > The teachings of Avicenna > Distinction between essence and existence and the doctrine of creation

Avicenna had learned from certain hints in al-Farabi that the exoteric teachings of Plato regarding “forms,” “creation,” and the immortality of individual souls were closer to revealed doctrines than the genuine views of Aristotle, that the doctrines of Plotinus and later Neoplatonic commentators were useful in harmonizing Aristotle's views with revealed doctrines, …


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