The Ancient Commentators on Plato and Aristotle

The Ancient Commentators on Plato and Aristotle

by Miira Tuominen
     
 

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The study of the ancient commentators has developed considerably over the past few decades, fueled by recent translations of their often daunting writings. This book offers the only concise, accessible general introduction currently available to the writings of the late ancient commentators on Aristotle and, to a lesser extent, Plato. Miira Tuominen provides a

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The study of the ancient commentators has developed considerably over the past few decades, fueled by recent translations of their often daunting writings. This book offers the only concise, accessible general introduction currently available to the writings of the late ancient commentators on Aristotle and, to a lesser extent, Plato. Miira Tuominen provides a historical overview followed by a series of thematic chapters on epistemology, science and logic, physics, psychology, metaphysics, and ethics. In particular, she focuses on the writings of Alexander of Aphrodisias, Themistius, Porphyry, Proclus, Philoponus, and Simplicius. Until recently, the late ancient commentators have been understood mainly as sources of information concerning the masters upon whose works they comment. This book offers new insights into their way of doing philosophy in their own right.

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“Ingenious.”
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“Useful for the philosophy student and scholar who wishes to gain a basic understanding of the ancient commentary tradition.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520259812
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/15/2009
Series:
Ancient Philosophies Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

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Ingenious."—Choice

"Useful for the philosophy student and scholar who wishes to gain a basic understanding of the ancient commentary tradition."—Dialogue

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Miira Tuouminen, a researcher at the Department of Philosophy, University of Helsinki, is the author of Apprehension and Argument: Ancient Theories of Starting Points for Knowledge.

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