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overall name and the statement of Narboni, yet within which the treatise is given an in depth organization rath De Substantia Orbis VII, which immedi­ ately follows it within the textual content. This 3rd model is the only case within which a Hebrew translator could be named: the interpretation used to be made by means of Todros Todrosi within the yr 1340. the one end to be drawn from his translation is that Todrosi could definitively be eradicated because the translator of any of the opposite ver­ sions. in spite of the fact that, we are able to draw a tentative end as to the formation of the Hebrew assortment. The earliest proof for the lifestyles of the 9 treatise collec­ tion is the remark of Narboni, accomplished in 1349. the truth that 9 years prior one treatise can be hooked up to a piece outdoor the corpus may well point out that the Hebrew number of 9 treatises was once shaped in the course of these 9 years, or mar even point out that Narboni him­ self accrued many of the treatises. five Narboni, although, used to be now not the translator of those works actually, number one definitive indication of the translator's id exists. 6 three. the character of the Question-Form Steinschneider provided the subsequent common characterization of Aver­ roes' Quaestiones: those are often short discussions, kind of solutions to questions; they're in part occasioned via issues i9 his commentaries and will be regarded as appendices to them.

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But a certain difficulty has sometimes arisen with respect to this principle, namely, whether it moves itself in such a wa1 that there is a mover which moves itself and which nothing else moves. 8 This difficulty arises only because Aristotle thought that eVigything in motion had a mover {and every mover must itself be moved}, and this being assumed, it follows necessarily either that the movers proceed to infinity without there being a first mover--which is absurd--, or that in the case of such ~8ved movers, the series comes to an end at something which moves itself.

These questions [and the answers] exist in Aristotle's words, but some of them are there gxplicitl y, while others are implicit in the principles he posited. 1 We ourselves will begin with what exists explicitly in Aristotle's words, and then [we will take up] what exists implicitly in his principles. 5. , the father, in such a way that that external body is in itself sufficient for this act--i~en though Aristotle assumed this absolutely [for purposes of argument], i~7the same way as controversial, ambiguous statements ~are assumed} until, when they are qualified with valid conditions,l the contradicl~ons are resolved and the nature of the demonstration becomes evident.

Averroes said: Time is a term which s~gnifies the duration 2 of the existence of beings subject to motion, and for this reason we ca2 have no conception of ti~e except along with the conception of motion. Eternity, which is dahr in Arabic, is a term si gnif ing the duration of existence of beings which are not subject motion, and, therefore, it is said that these beings are not in time. 3. Then, if the beings in the existence which is eternal, (that is to say, a7-dahrf) cannot be in the existence which is subject to motion, the beings subjec~ to motion cannot be in the existence wh~ch is eternal (that is, dahrf).

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