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A set of treatises by means of Averroes at the nature and homes of the heavens. incorporates a severe version of the Hebrew textual content with English translation, statement and advent.

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Prime matter, through its corporeal form, may possess the attributes of great and small, part and whole; celestial matter, always possessing the same dimensions and not being divisible, cannot be described by these attributes. Prime matter receives the substantial forms by means of the indeterminate three dimensions; celestial matter and its form exist in separation from each other. Prime matter requires a substantial form in order to exist in actuality; celestial matter exists in actuality through itself.

That the celestial body * The line numbers in the outer margins refer to the Hebrew text. DXS2 IBNO,sermo de subsianlia orbis. This title recurs, modified in the Hebrew to VlVin oxya main, at the end of the first chapter of the work (Hebrew text, line 198). The underlying Arabic was probably ilUill j»>fl j *Jtu or tilUII jApfl J f |»V^ a title which does not precisely correspond to any of the three titles mentioned in the Escurial list of Averroes' works. Cf. " Studies and Essays in Honor of Abraham A.

Studies and Essays in Honor of Abraham A. Neuman (Philadelphia, 1962), p. 303, n. 2. The term b&l, orbs, is used here to refer to the celestial region in its totality, not to any of the celestial spheres taken singly. This use of the term bibl is based on the Greek o0pav6<; ("heavens") taken in the first two of three meanings which this term, according to Aristotle, may have. , "... "; (2) . . " Cf. De Caelo I, 9, 278b, 9-21. The subject of this treatise is, thus, the nature and properties of the celestial element, taken as an element different from the four sublunar elements.

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