Número 42 - 2012
Artículos

Avicennan troubles: The mysteries of the heptagonal house and of the phoenix

Thérèse-Anne Druart
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Publicado 2013-11-28

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Druart, T.-A. (2013). Avicennan troubles: The mysteries of the heptagonal house and of the phoenix. Tópicos, 42(1), 51–73. https://doi.org/10.21555/top.v42i1.61

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En la Metafísica de la Shifâ Avicena distingue tres modos en que se predican los universales. El segundo sentido resulta desconcertante puesto que Avicena explica que los universales se dicen de aquello que puede predicarse de muchos, incluso si no es necesario que éstos existan en acto y, para ilustrar esta clase de universales, recurre al ejemplo de “la casa heptagonal”. En su naturaleza, esta clase de universal puede predicarse de muchos pero de ahí no se sigue que estos muchos existan, ni siquiera uno de ellos. Este segundo caso se refiere a un universal poco común, pues estos universales tienen, ya sea una única instanciación, o ninguna en lo absoluto. El ejemplo de la casa heptagonal no es tradicional, dado que fuentes griegas como Porfirio y Simplicio emplean el ejemplo del ave fénix. En este artículo Thérèse-Anne Druart explora a profundidad el particular ejemplo de la “casa heptagonal”.

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