Vision, light and color in al-Kindi, ptolemy and the ancient commentators

Arabic Sciences and Philosophy 16 (2):207-236 (2006)
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Al-Kindi was influenced by two Greek traditions in his attempts to explain vision, light and color. Most obviously, his works on optics are indebted to Euclid and, perhaps indirectly, to Ptolemy. But he also knew some works from the Aristotelian tradition that touch on the nature of color and vision. Al-Kindi explicitly rejects the Aristotelian account of vision in his De Aspectibus, and adopts a theory according to which we see by means of a visual ray emitted from the eye. But in the same work, al-Kindi draws on Philoponus.

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Al-Kindi and the reception of Greek philosophy.Peter Adamson - 2005 - In Peter Adamson & Richard C. Taylor (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy. Cambridge University Press. pp. 32--51.
John Philoponus.Richard Sorabji - 1987 - In Philoponus and the rejection of Aristotelian science. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press. pp. 1--40.

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