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Title: Aristotle's De Anima: Translated into Hebrew by Zerah'yah ben Isaac ben Shealtiel h'en. A Critical Edition with an Introduction and Index by G. Bos
Author: Bos, Gerrit
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 1994
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004099371
Volumes: 1; Pages: viii, 198
List Price in Cloth: $203.00 Our price: $172.99
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This edition of Zerah'yah's Hebrew translation of De Anima, Aristotle's monograph on the soul, is of major importance for the history of transmission of Aristotle's text in the Middle Ages. De Anima, commented upon by Greek philosophers such as Alexander of Aphrodisias and Themistius and Arab philosophers such as Avicenna and Averroes, was a major source of inspiration for medieval Arab and Jewish philosophers.The Hebrew translations of Averroes' commentaries, prepared from 1189 on, were very influential in Jewish intellectual circles. One of the translators involved in this activity was Zerah'yah ben Isaac ben Shealtiel h'en, who also translated Aristotle's De Anima. This translation is extremely important since it is based on the same lost Arabic translation as Averroes' long commentary.The solution which Zerah'yah's translation provides for the question of the authorship of this lost Arabic translation thus also holds good for Averroes' text.