Alkindi's Critique of Euclid's Theory of Vision

  title={Alkindi's Critique of Euclid's Theory of Vision},
  author={D. Lindberg},
  pages={469 - 489}
ALKINDI, undoubtedly the first great philosopher of the Islamic world, was a leader in the endeavor to communicate Greek philosophy to Islam.' Not only did he participate in the translating activity of the ninth century, but he also attempted to integrate Greek philosophy with Mu'tazilite theology and thus, in Walzer's phrase, "to naturalise Greek philosophy in the Islamic world."2 Alkindi's deep respect for ancient thought is revealed in the preface to one of his works on metaphysics: 
The problem of evil
Faith and Reason
Form and matter
Don Juan and the Vision of Vision
Religious authority and the state
Arguments for god’s existence
An information theory interpretation of relativistic phenomena


The opus Majus of Roger Bacon
For Galen's similar view, see Siegel, Galen on Sense Perception
  • The Book of the Ten Treatises of the Eye ascribed to Hunain ibn Is-hdq (809-877 A.D.)
  • 1928
21:39. I omit Galenists from this list, although they too may represent the influence of Alkindi. 73 See the German translation of Salah al-Dins work in J
  • Die arabischen Augendrzte, Pt. II (Leipzig: Von Veit, 1905)
  • 1907
Mathematici vero et physici considerantes ea, quae sunt supra naturam
  • Manifestum est autem, quod species fit a visu sicut ab aliis rebus, quia accidentia et substantie viliores visu possunt facere suas virtutes
  • 1900
De multiplicatione specierum
  • Pt. II
Rhodius also reproduces the material from Prop. 14 of De aspectibus in his Optica
  • Bk. I, Prop
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