The Doctrine of the Analogy of Being in Avicenna’s Metaphysics of the Healing

Review of Metaphysics 69 (2):261-286 (2015)

Daniel D. De Haan
Oxford University
This essay expounds Avicenna’s doctrine of the analogy of being and examine the function it plays in his Metaphysics of the Healing. In the first part addresses the question: What is Avicenna’s doctrine of the analogy of being? The essay begins by situating Avicenna’s doctrine of the analogy of being within the epistemological framework of his account of metaphysics as an Aristotelian science. It then explicates Avicenna’s own presentation of analogy within his account of names of univocity, analogy, resemblance, and equivocity, and elucidates his division of absolute and relational analogies. The second part probes the question: Is Avicenna’s doctrine of the analogy of being consistent with his account of the subject of metaphysics as being qua being? This part shows why Avicenna rejects that being is univocal and presents two ways for interpreting consistently his doctrine of the analogical character of being qua being
Keywords Avicenna  Aristotelian metaphysics  Analogy of being  metaphysics  transcendentals  subject of metaphysics  Aristotle  Thomism  Thomas Aquinas  Duns Scotus
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