Arabic Sciences and Philosophy

Research Article


Alfred L. Ivrya1

a1 New York University, Faculty of Arts and Science, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, 50 Washington Square South, New York, N.Y. 10003, U.S.A.

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.


* 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.