The spiritual physick of Rhazes, tr. from the Arabic by Arthur J. Arberry.


[1st ed.].. London, Murray [1950] .

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Subjects Conduct of life.
Medicine, Arabic.
Medicine.
Series Wisdom of the East series.
Description v, 110 pages.
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary The introduction describes Rhazes' life, includes an anecdote of him healing a king in order to illustrate Rhazes' character, and discusses the scholarly reception of his writings. The text guides the reader through the logical steps required to reform one's character, centering around principles espoused by Plato and Socrates, that of moderation and the importance of controlling passion with reason. Rhazes begins the discussion with an affirmation of the value of divinely-bestowed reason, which he saw as the foundation for his subsequent discussion and which is the most obviously religious portion of the text. Then he argues for the importance of suppressing passion, and the remainder of the text is essentially case studies of how to suppress various kinds of passion.
Contents Of the Excellence and Praise of Reason -- Of Suppressing and Restraining the Passion, With a Summary of the Views of Plato the Philosopher -- Summary Prolegomena to the Detailed Account of Each of the Evil Dispositions of the Soul -- Of How a Man May Discover His Own Vices -- Of Carnal Love and Familiarity, with a Summary Account of Pleasure -- Of Conceit -- Of Envy -- Of Repelling Anger -- Of Casting away Mendacity -- Of Miserliness -- Of Repelling Excessive and Hurtful Anxiety and Worry -- Of Repelling Grief -- Of Greed -- Of Drunkenness -- Of Sexual Intercourse -- Of Excessive Fondness and Trifling, and Ritual -- Of Earning, Acquiring and Expending -- Of the Quest for Worldly Rand and Station -- Of the Virtuous Life -- Of the Fear of Death.
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(OCoLC)14667417
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