Ten fun facts about Abu Nasr Al-Farabi
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He was also a cosmologist, logician, and musician.
Through his commentaries and treatises, Al-Farabi became well known among medieval Muslim intellectuals as “The Second Teacher”, that is, the successor to Aristotle, “The First Teacher”.
Al-Farabi's imagined face appeared on the currency of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Al-Farabi also considered the theories of conditional syllogisms and analogical inference, which were part of the Stoic tradition of logic rather than the Aristotelian.Fact 5
Another addition Al-Farabi made to the Aristotelian tradition was his introduction of the concept of poetic syllogism in a commentary on Aristotle's Poetics.Fact 6
As a philosopher, Al-Farabi was a founder of his own school of early Islamic philosophy known as “Farabism” or “Alfarabism”, though it was later overshadowed by Avicennism.Fact 7
Al-Farabi had great influence on science and philosophy for several centuries, and was widely considered second only to Aristotle in knowledge.Fact 8
Farabi made contributions to the fields of logic, mathematics, music, philosophy, psychology, and education.Fact 9
Though he was mainly an Aristotelian logician, he included a number of non-Aristotelian elements in his works.Fact 10
He is also credited for categorizing logic into two separate groups, the first being "idea" and the second being "proof".
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