Liber de Causis

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The Liber de Causis was a philosophical work once attributed to Aristotle that became popular in the Middle Ages, first in Arabic and Islamic countries and later in the Latin West. The real authorship remains a mystery, but most of the content is taken from Proclus' Elements of Theology. This was first noticed by Thomas Aquinas, following William of Moerbeke's translation of the works of Proclus into Latin. As such it is now attributed to a Pseudo-Aristotle.

The original title in Arabic was Kitāb ul-īḍāḥ li-Arisţūţālis fi'l-khayri'l-maḥd, "The book of Aristotle's explanation of the pure good". The title Liber de Causis came into use following the translation into Latin by Gerard of Cremona.


Text and translations[edit]

  • Otto Bardenhewer, Die pseudo-aristotelische Schrift ueber das reine Gute bekannt unter dem Namen Liber de Causis: Arabic text, German translation
  • Andreas Schönfeld, Liber de causis: Das Buch von den Ursachen, repr. 2005 Meiner Felix Verlag Gmbh ISBN 978-3-7873-1705-9: Latin text, German translation
  • Adriaan Pattin, Le Liber de Causis. Edition établie a l'aide de 90 manuscrits avec introduction et notes, in Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 28 (1966) pp. 90–203, Latin text
  • Bernardo Carlos Bazan (tr.), Dennis J. Brand (ed.), The Book of Causes: Liber de Causis (English translation): 1st ed. 1984 Marquette University Press, 2nd ed. 2001 Niagara University Press
  • Pierre Magnard, Olivier Boulnois, Bruno Pinchard and Jean-Luc Solere, La demeure de l'être. Autour d'un anonyme. Etude et traduction du Liber de Causis, Paris 1990, Vrin (French translation)


Secondary literature[edit]

  • Manuel Alonso Alonso, Las fuentes literarias del Liber de causis. Al-Andalus: revista de las escuelas de estudios árabes de Madrid y Granada, (10), 1945, pp. 345-382.
  • Paloma Llorente Megías, Liber de Causis: Indice y Concordancia, Florence, Olschki 2004.
  • Andreas Bächli-Hinz, Monotheismus und neuplatonische Philosophie: Eine Untersuchung zum pseudo-aristotelischen Liber de causis und dessen Rezeption durch Albert den Großen, Frankfurt, Academia Verlag, 2002.
  • Cristina d'Ancona Costa, Recherches sur le Liber de causis, Paris, Vrin, 2002.

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