Scepticism or Platonism?: The Philosophy of the Fourth Academy

Scepticism or Platonism?: The Philosophy of the Fourth Academy

by Harold Tarrant
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521035775

ISBN-13: 9780521035774

Pub. Date: 07/01/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In the first half of the first century BC the Academy of Athens broke up in disarray. From the wreckage of the semi-sceptical school there arose the new dogmatic philosophy of Antiochus, synthesized from Stoicism and Platonism, and the hardline Pyrrhonist scepticism of Aenesidemus. With his extensive knowledge of the ways in which Plato was read and invoked as an

Overview

In the first half of the first century BC the Academy of Athens broke up in disarray. From the wreckage of the semi-sceptical school there arose the new dogmatic philosophy of Antiochus, synthesized from Stoicism and Platonism, and the hardline Pyrrhonist scepticism of Aenesidemus. With his extensive knowledge of the ways in which Plato was read and invoked as an authority in late antiquity Dr Tarrant builds a most impressive reconstruction of Philo of Larissa's brand of Platonism and of its arrival in Middle Platonism, particularly that of Plutarch, long after the Academy's institutional demise. Particularly valuable is his exploitation for this purpose of a text barely discussed since its publication 80 years ago - a commentary on Plato's Theaetetus whose unidentified author Dr Tarrant has cogently argued to be a follower of Philo. Among many other achievements, Dr Tarrant throws much light on the relation of Aenesideman scepticism to the Academy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521035774
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Series:
Cambridge Classical Studies Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; List of non-standard abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Scepticism in the late Academy?; 2. Charmadas; 3. Fourth Academic epistmological doctrine; 4. Anonymous In Theaetetum; 5. Interlude: Antiochus in the New Academy; 6. God's thoughts as objects of knowledge; Epilogue: the Academic heritage; Notes; Bibliography; Index locorum; Index of names.

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