This book brings together twenty articles giving a comprehensive view of the work of the Aristotelian commentators. First published in 1990, the collection is now brought up to date with a new introduction by Richard Sorabji. New generations of scholars will benefit from this reissuing of classic essays, including seminal works by major scholars, and the volume gives a comprehensive background to the work of the project on the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle, which has published over 100 volumes of translations since 1987 and has disseminated these crucial texts to scholars worldwide.
The importance of the commentators is partly that they represent the thought and classroom teaching of the Aristotelian and Neoplatonist schools and partly that they provide a panorama of a thousand years of ancient Greek philosophy, revealing many original quotations from lost works. Even more significant is the profound influence – uncovered in some of the chapters of this book – that they exert on later philosophy, Islamic and Western. Not only did they preserve anti-Aristotelian material which helped inspire Medieval and Renaissance science, but they present Aristotle in a form that made him acceptable to the Christian church. It is not Aristotle, but Aristotle transformed and embedded in the philosophy of the commentators that so often lies behind the views of later thinkers.
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Table of Contents
Prefaceto the First Edition
List of Contributors
Introduction to Second Edition
1. The ancient commentators on Aristotle
2. Review of the Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca
3. The earliest Aristotelian commentators
Hans B. Gottschalk
4. The school of Alexander?
Robert W. Sharples
5. Themistius: the last Peripatetic commentator on Aristotle?
Henry J. Blumenthal
6. The harmony of Plotinus and Aristotle according to Porphyry
7. Porphyry's legacy to logic: a reconstruction
8. How did Syrianus regard Aristotle?
9. Infinite power impressed: the transformation of Aristotle's physics and theology
10. The metaphysics of Ammonius son of Hermeias
11. The development of Philoponus' thought and its chronology
12. The life and work of Simplicius in Greek and Arabic sources
13. Neoplatonic elements in the de Anima commentaries
Henry J. Blumenthal
14. The Alexandrian commentators and the introductions to their commentaries
15. Boethius' commentaries on Aristotle
16. Boethius as an Aristotelian commentator
17. An unpublished funeral oration on Anna Comnena
18. The Greek commentators on Aristotle's Ethics
19. Philoponus, 'Alexander' and the origins of medieval logic
20. Aristotle's doctrine of abstraction in the commentators
Note on the frontispiece: 'Aristotle and Alexander of Aphrodisias' by Ulocrino
Donald R. Morrison