Remarks on al-Fārābī’s missing modal logic and its effect on Ibn Sīnā

Wilfrid Hodges

ABSTRACT: We reconstruct as much as we can the part of al-Fārābī’s treatment of modal logic that is missing from the surviving pages of his Long Commentary on De Interpretatione. We use as a basis the quotations from this work in Ibn Sīnā, Ibn Rushd and Maimonides, together with relevant material from al-Fārābī’s other writings. We present a case that al-Fārābī’s treatment of the dictum de omni had a decisive effect on the development and presentation of Ibn Sīnā’s modal logic. We give further evidence that the Harmonisation of the Opinions of Plato and Aristotle was not written by al-Fārābī .