<aristotelianism, mathematics, astronomy>, <medicine, neoplatonism, islamic philosophy, logic>, <theology, existence of god> Persian Islamic neoplatonist (872-950) who employed Aristotelian logic in support of his arguments for the existence of god and used Plato's Republic as the model for his own description of civil society in Principles of Citizens of the Virtuous City. Recommended Reading: Alfarabi: 'Philosophy of Plato and Aristotle', tr. by Muhin Mahdi, Charles E. Butterworth, an Thomas L. Pangle (Cornell, 2001) and Ian Richard Netton, Al-Farabi and His School (Curzon, 2000).
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