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Antiochus and Peripatetic Ethics

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  • Date Published: February 2019
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  • This book offers a fresh analysis of the account of Peripatetic ethics in Cicero's On Ends 5, which goes back to the first-century BCE philosopher Antiochus of Ascalon. Georgia Tsouni challenges previous characterisations of Antiochus' philosophical project as 'eclectic' and shows how his reconstruction of the ethics of the 'Old Academy' demonstrates a careful attempt to update the ancient heritage, and predominantly the views of Aristotle and the Peripatos, in the light of contemporary Stoic-led debates. This results in both a hermeneutically complex and a philosophically exciting reading of the old tradition. A case in point is the way Antiochus grounds the 'Old Academic' conception of the happy life in natural appropriation (oikeiosis), thus offering a naturalistic version of Aristotelian ethics.

    • Presents the first systematic analysis of Antiochus' ethics (Cicero's On Ends 5) in terms of its Peripatetic content
    • Addresses Antiochus' hermeneutical assumptions regarding the unity of the 'Old Academic' tradition and places them in the cultural context of the late Republic
    • Highlights the way Aristotelian/Peripatetic ideas developed under the influence of a Stoic philosophical agenda and terminology
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    • Date Published: February 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108359559
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. Antiochus in Rome
    2. 'Old Academic' history of philosophy
    Part II. The Ethics of the 'Old Academy':
    3. Oikeiōsis and the telos
    4. Self-love in the Antiochean-Peripatetic account
    5. 'Cradle arguments' and the objects of oikeiōsis
    6. Oikeiōsis towards theoretical virtue
    7. Social oikeiōsis
    8. The Antiochean conception of the happy life
    9. Animals and plants in Antiochus' ethical account

  • Author

    Georgia Tsouni, Universität Bern, Switzerland
    Georgia Tsouni is a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer (Assistentin) to the Chair of History of Philosophy at the Universität Bern, Switzerland. She has published extensively on Aristotelian/Peripatetic and Stoic ethical and political philosophy, including a new edition and translation of Didymus' Summary of Peripatetic Ethics, which survives in the Byzantine anthology of Stobaeus.

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