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Obscure Philosopher Files #1: Ibn Tufayl

Two Gazelles. From an Islamic manuscript c. 1290 CE. Public Domain via Google Art Project and the Morgan Library & Museum

(Obscure Philosopher Files is a series of very short introductions to philosophers you may never have heard of, but who are worth finding out about. This is #1 in the series!)

If you like philosophical stories about shipwrecks, gazelles and stranded children, then you should check out Ibn Tufayl (c. 1109–1185). Ibn Tufayl was an older contemporary of the better-known Ibn Rushd (Averroes). He…

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Will Buckingham

Will Buckingham

Writer & philosopher. PhD. Stories & ideas to make the world a better place. HELLO, STRANGER (Granta 2021): BBC R4 Book of the Week. Twitter @willbuckingham