0872 – al-Farabi – bio

Al-Farabi was a Persian born in Turkestan around 872. He wrote many books on logic and became known as the “Second Teacher” (with Aristotle being the first teacher) in part because he developed a non-aristotelian form of logic. He studied the works of Aristotle and wrote commentaries on them. He also studied and wrote on philosophy, religion and politics.

Al-Farabi was an expert on art, wrote a book on music that dealt with the therapeutic effects of music on the soul and he invented several musical instruments.

PREREQUISITE:
-0425 – Plato
-0384 – Aristotle

SUBSEQUENT:
non-aristotelian logic
0980 – ibn Sina (Avicenna)

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