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  • Alfred L. Ivry (a1)

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Herbert Davidson's critique of my thesis regarding the relation between Averroes' Middle and Long commentaries on De anima contrasts my reading and translation of Middle Commentary passages with his own. I leave it to the informed reader to judge whether one translation is more “neutral” than the other, excluding the specific denotation which I give to sharh, which is the point at issue.

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1 The two translations seem to me rather close in general. I would question Davidson's rendering of jawhar as referring to “self” rather than the customary “substance” in the third example which Davidson cites, and see his note 19; and his translation of fasl as “issue” rather than “chapter” in the first example. As concerns fasl, cf. my article “Averroes' Middle and Long Commentaries on the De anima,” Arabic Sciences and Philosophy, 5 (1995): 7592, p. 86.

2 Ibid., p. 84, note 37.

3 Cf. Davidson's, understanding of Averroes' reference to Themistius in the Middle Commentary, in his article, note 18.

4 Annotated English translations of both works are nearing completion, that of the Long Commentary by Taylor, Richard, and mine of the Middle Commentary.

* I wish to thank Professor Herbert Davidson for his kind collegiality in showing me the manuscript of his article prior to its publication, and Professor Roshdi Rashed, editor of this journal, for offering me the opportunity to respond to it briefly.

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Arabic Sciences and Philosophy
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