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Additional resources for Averroës' three short commentaries on Aristotle's ''Topics,'' ''Rhetoric,'' and ''Poetics''
The kind of freedom from Aristotle's text and attention to the general subject which is permitted by the superficial divergences has been observed to be characteristic of Averroës's procedure in the short commentaries, the middle and large being devoted to an explicit consideration of particular Aristotelian arguments. 24 Consequently, the descriptive title of the Munich catalogue appears to be most accurate and most in keeping with Averroës's own allusions to the work. There are problems of a similar sort with the titles of the treatises presented here.
Many wormholes may also be found from folio 77 to the end of the volume. These holes are sometimes so large that entire words are missing. The manuscript has been bound, and the flyleaves of the binding indicate the different stages of recognition of its contents. Thus, on what might be considered to be the title page, the work was first Page 15 identified as having been written by Averroës, but his name has been crossed out and Avicenna's name written in with both Hebrew and Latin characters. On the same page, the manuscript was identified as lib.
38 Prantl also failed to note the multiple indications that Averroës was trying to explain the art of logic and the order of the traditionally accepted Aristotelian books on the logical arts in an unprecedented manner. In accordance with the previously mentioned fourfold division of the art, Averroës presented his Short Commentary on Aristotle's De Interpretatione as corresponding to the third part of the art, that which prepares the way for assent. , that by which assent is brought about, and was appropriately entitled On the Knowledge for Bringing about Assent (Fi* al-Ma`rifah al-fa`ilah* li al-Tasdiq*).