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Prolegomena: Questions to be Settled Before the Study of an Author, or a Text

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Prolegomena deals with the introductory and hermeneutic sections of a wide range of commentaries and studies on philosophical, scientific, biblical and other ancient authors.
Special attention is given to unclearness as a stimulus for interpretation. New light is shed on the Life of an author (e.g. Plotinus') as a preliminary to the study of his works, and on the part played by the idea that life and doctrine should agree with each other.
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Overview

Prolegomena deals with the introductory and hermeneutic sections of a wide range of commentaries and studies on philosophical, scientific, biblical and other ancient authors.
Special attention is given to unclearness as a stimulus for interpretation. New light is shed on the Life of an author (e.g. Plotinus') as a preliminary to the study of his works, and on the part played by the idea that life and doctrine should agree with each other.
The results obtained by the study of the practices as well as the avowed principles of ancient scholars and commentators among other things further the understanding of the interrelated philosophical, literary, medical and patristic exegetical traditions, of the book of Diogenes Laƫrtius, of Galen's autobibliographies and of Thrasyllus' Before the Reading of the Dialogues of Plato.

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Editorial Reviews

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'Prolegomena is a breathtakingly learned book...'
Brad Inwood, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 1995.
'This is a scholarly and illuminating book.'
Royal Holloway, Phronesis, 1995.
'This is a useful book on an interesting subject. Thanks to its abundant bibliography and its analytical index nominum et rerum guiding the (specialist) reader conveniently through a huge collection of references, quotations and enumerations, it will particularly serve as an instrument of research for future work on the history of ancient practices of interpretation....one should be grateful to Mansfeld for making this interesting material accessible and drawing in such an illuminating way the historical lines running through this heterogeneous collection.'
Philip J van der Eijk, Medical History, 1996.
'This is a carefully argued book with a mass of complex discussion and eveidence which will make it a most useful source book for anyone concerned with the teaching and formative background of Hellenistic and later Greek philosophy.'
Andrew Smith, The Classical Review, 1996.
'...a fascinating and timely study...'
Lloyd P. Gerson, International Studies in Philosophy, 1997.
Booknews
In chapters developed from lectures delivered at a number of universities in Europe, looks at how teachers in ancient Greece and Rome prepared their students for the study of important philosophical texts with moral instruction, fundamental ideas, and suggested approaches to the text. Among the teachers and authors discussed are Origen, Stephanus, Thrasyllus, Porphyry, Galen, and Cicero. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004100848
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/1994
  • Series: Philosophia Antiqua Series , #61
  • Pages: 246
  • Sales rank: 1,155,002
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jaap Mansfeld (1936, Ph.D. 1964) is Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at Utrecht University. He has published widely on ancient philosophy, its historiography and its receptions.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Ch. I Schemata Isagogica from Origen to Stephanus, and Some Precedents 10
Ch. II Preliminary Issues in Thrasyllus, Albinus, and Diogenes Laertius on Plato 58
Ch. III Porphyry's Introduction to Plotinus 108
Ch. IV Galen's Autobibliographies and Hippocratic Commentaries 117
Ch. V Galen on Exegesis, and on Teachers and Pupils 148
Ch. VI Ciceronian Light on the Aids to Interpretation, and on Diogenes Laertius 177
Complementary Notes 192
Bibliography 206
Index locorum potiorum 225
Index nominum et rerum 238
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