AAP Publications


Aquinas,         Alfarabi,     Avicenna,   Averroes &  Maimonides

Prof. Amos Bertolacci,

Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa


1) Libro della Guarigione, Le Cose Divine di Avicenna (Ibn Sīnā), a cura di A. Bertolacci, 856 pp. (Italian annotated translation of the Ilāhiyyāt of Avicenna’s Kitāb al-Šifā’, with introduction, corrections of the Arabic text, indexes):

Hard-cover edition: Collezione “Classici della Filosofia”, UTET (Unione Tipografico-Editrice Torinese), Turin 2007.


1) “Thābit Ibn Qurra’s Concise Exposition of Aristotle’s Metaphysics: Text, Translation and Commentary” (D. C. Reisman co-author), in Sciences and Philosophy in 9th Century Baghdad. Thābit Ibn Qurra (826-901), ed. R. Rashed, M. Rashed, De Gruyter (“Scientia Graeco-Arabica” 4), Berlin-New York 2009, pp. 715-776.

2) Averroes Latinus, Commentum Medium Super Librum Praedicamentorum Aristotelis. Translatio Wilhelmo De Luna Adscripta, edidit R. Hissette, apparatu arabo-latino supplementoque adnotationum instruxit A. Bertolacci, Lexica confecerunt R. Hissette et A. Bertolacci, praesentatione auxit † L. J. Bataillon (= Averrois Opera. Series B. Averroes latinus, XI), Peeters, Leuven 2010.


“Avicenna and Averroes on the Proof of God’s Existence and the Subject-Matter of Metaphysics”, Medioevo, 32, 2007, pp. 61-97.

“On the Manuscripts of the Ilāhiyyāt of Avicenna’s Kitāb al-Šifā’”, in Islamic Thought in the Middle Ages. Studies in Text, Transmission and Translation, in Honour of Hans Daiber, ed. A. Akasoy, W. Raven, Brill, Leiden 2008, pp. 59-75.

“«Necessary» as Primary Concept in Avicenna’s Metaphysics”, in Conoscenza e contingenza nella tradizione aristotelica medievale, ed. G. Fioravanti, S. Perfetti, ETS, Pisa, 2008, pp. 31-50.

“The Reception of Averroes’ Long Commentary on the Metaphysics in Latin Medieval Philosophy until Albertus Magnus”, in Via Alberti. Texte – Quellen – Interpretationen, ed. L. Honnefelder, H. Möhle, S. Bullido del Barrio (Subsidia Albertina, Vol. 2), Aschendorff Verlag, Münster 2009, pp. 457-480. (PDF)

“Different attitudes to Aristotle’s authority in the Arabic Medieval commentaries on the Metaphysics”, Antiquorum Philosophia, 3, 2009 (“L’autorità degli antichi e il commentario filosofico”), pp. 145-163. (PDF)

“The ‘Ontologization’ of Logic. Metaphysical Themes in Avicenna’s Reworking of the Organon”, in Methods and Methodologies. Aristotelian Logic East and West 500-1500, ed. M. Cameron, J. Marenbon, Brill Leiden-Boston 2011, pp. 27-51. (PDF)

“A New Phase of the Reception of Aristotle in the Latin West: Albertus Magnus and His Use of Arabic Sources in the Commentaries on Aristotle”, in Albertus Magnus und der Ursprung der Universitätsidee. Die Begegnung der Wissenschaftkulturen im 13. Jahr¬hundert und die Entdeckung des Konzept der Bildung durch Wissenschaft, ed. L. Honnefelder, Berlin University Press, Berlin 2011, pp. 259-276, 491-500.

“A Community of Translators: The Latin Medieval Versions of Avicenna’s Book of the Cure”, in Communities of Learning: Networks and the Shaping of Intellectual Identity in Europe 1100-1500, ed. C. J. Mews, J. N. Crossley, Brepols, Turnhout 2011, pp. 37-54.

“On the Latin Reception of Avicenna’s Metaphysics before Albertus Magnus: An Attempt at Periodization”, in The Arabic, Hebrew and Latin Reception of Avicenna’s Metaphysics. Proceedings of the Conference held at Villa Vigoni (Menaggio, Como), 2-6 July 2008, ed. D. N. Hasse, A. Bertolacci, De Gruyter (“Scientia Graeco-Arabica” 7), Berlin 2012, pp. 197-223.

“The Distinction of Essence and Existence in Avicenna’s Metaphysics: The Text and Its Context”, in Islamic Philosophy, Science, Culture, and Religion: Studies in Honor of Dimitri Gutas, ed. F. Opwis, D. C. Reisman, Brill, Leiden 2012, pp. 257-288.

“The «Andalusian Revolt Against Avicennian Metaphysics»: Averroes’ Criticism of Avicenna in the Long Commentary on the Metaphysics”, in Averroes: From Cordoba to Cologne (Proceedings of the Conference From Cordoba to Cologne: Transformation and Translation, Transmission and Edition of Averroes's Works, Cologne, October, 25-28, 2011), ed. D. Wirmer, De Gruyer, Berlin-New York, forthcoming.

“From Athens to Bukhārā, to Cordoba, to Cologne: On the Transmission of Aristotle’s Metaphysics in the Arab and Latin Worlds during the Middle Ages”, Proceedings of the Colloque International SIHSPAI: “Sciences et philosophie: Circulation des savoirs autour de la Méditerranée (IXe-XVIe siècles)”, Florence, Italy, 16-18 February 2006, ed. G. Federici Vescovini, A. Hasnaoui, Edizioni Cadmo, Firenze, in print.

“Metaphysics, Arabic sources”, in Brill Companion to Albert the Great, ed. I. M. Resnick, Brill, Leiden, in print.

“Avicenna. Metaphysik”, in Philosophie in der islamischen Welt, ed. U. Rudolph (= Grundriß der Geschichte der Philosophie. Begründet v. F. Überweg, völlig neubearbeitete Ausgabe), Schwabe & Co, Basel, forthcoming.

“A Hidden Hapax Legomenon in Avicenna’s Metaphysics: Considerations on the Use of Anniyya and Ayyiyya in the Ilāhiyyāt of the Kitāb al-Šifā’”, in Proceedings of the Conference The Letter Before the Spirit. The Importance of Text Editions for the Study of the Reception of Aristotle, Huygens Instituut, Den Haag (The Hague), 2-5 June 2009, ed. A. van Oppenraay, R. Smidt van Gelder-Fontaine, Brill, Leiden, in print.

“The Reception of Avicenna in Latin Medieval Culture”, in Interpreting Avicenna. Critical Essays, ed. P. Adamson, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2013, forthcoming.

“Avicenna’s and Averroes’ Interpretations and Their Influence in Albert the Great”, in Medieval Metaphysics Commentaries, ed. F. Amerini, G. Galluzzo, Brill, Leiden, forthcoming.

“Averroes against Avicenna on Human Spontaneous Generation: The Starting-Point of an Enduring Debate”, in Renaissance Averroism and its Aftermath. Arabic Philosophy in Early Modern Europe, ed. A. Akasoy, G. Giglioni, Springer, Dordrecht, forthcoming.

“Albertus Magnus and “Avenzoreth” (Ibn Zur‘a, d. 1008): Legend or Reality?”, in Proceedings of the International Colloquium Les légendes des savants et philosophes (Moyen Âge Renaissance), Tours, 16-18 septembre 2010, Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, ed. A. Paravicini Bagliani, J.P. Boudet, Micrologus, 21, 2013, forthcoming.

“How Many Recensions of Avicenna’s Kitāb al-Šifā’?” in Oriens, 40.2-3, 2012 (Proceedings of the International Colloquium “The Manuscript Tradition of Avicenna’s Kitab al-Shifa’: The Current State of Research and Future Prospects”, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, 22-24 September 2010), ed. A. Bertolacci, C. Schoeck, forthcoming.

“Establishing the Science of Metaphysics”, in The Routledge Companion to Islamic Philosophy, ed. R. C. Taylor, L. X. López-Farjeat, Routledge, London-New York, forthcoming.

“Being as subject matter of metaphysics/first philosophy”, in On What There Was. Conceptions of Being 500-1650, East and West. Volume 1: Being, ed. N. Germann, P. Porro, Brepols, Turnhout, forthcoming.

Entries in Encyclopaedias

“Arabic and Islamic Metaphysics”, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (on-line), first published Thu Jul 5, 2012 (plato.stanford.edu/entries/arabic-islamic-metaphysics/).