'Middle' Platonism has some claim to be the single most influential philosophical movement of the last two thousand years, as the common background to 'Neoplatonism' and the early development of Christian theology. This book breaks with the tradition of considering it primarily in terms of its sources, instead putting its contemporary philosophical engagements front and centre to reconstruct its philosophical motivations and activity across the full range of its interests. The volume explores the ideas at the heart of Platonist philosophy in this period and includes a comprehensive selection of primary sources, a significant number of which appear in English translation for the first time, along with dedicated guides to the questions that have been, and might be, asked about the movement. The result is a tool intended to help bring the study of Middle Platonism into mainstream discussions of ancient philosophy.Read more
- Provides a comprehensive collection of source-texts in English translation, which makes many of them accessible for the first time to a wide range of students and scholars
- Covers the full range of philosophical interests and debates of 'Middle' Platonism, making the case for its philosophical importance
- Sections of notes and further reading help the reader navigate the complexities of previous scholarship
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- Date Published: May 2019
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521547390
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 34 mm
- weight: 0.876kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: studying middle platonism
1. Plato's authority and the history of philosophy
2. Making sense of the dialogues
Part I. Cosmology:
3. Causal principles for a non-materialist cosmology
4. The debate over matter and the problem of evil
6. The creator god
7. Theories of creation
8. World soul and nature
9. Individual souls and their faculties
10. Living beings: gods, daimons, humans, animals, plants
Part II. Dialectic:
15. Aristotle's Categories: ontology and linguistics
16. The hierarchy of sciences
Part III. Ethics:
17. The goal of virtue and the ideal life
18. Ethical virtue and the management of the passions
20. The system of the Chaldaean Oracles
Catalogue of platonists
Index of sources and references
Index to notes and further reading.
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