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Aristotle's Categories in the Early Roman Empire

ISBN : 9780198724735

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Author: 
Michael J. Griffin
Pages
304 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
146 x 223 mm
Pub date
Feb 2015
Series
Oxford Classical Monographs
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This volume studies the origin and evolution of philosophical interest in Aristotle's Categories. After centuries of neglect, the Categories became the focus of philosophical discussion in the first century BCE, and was subsequently adopted as the basic introductory textbook for philosophy in the Aristotelian and Platonic traditions. In this study, Michael Griffin builds on earlier work to reconstruct the fragments of the earliest commentaries on the treatise, and illuminates the earliest arguments for Aristotle's approach to logic as the foundation of higher education. Griffin argues that Andronicus of Rhodes played a critical role in the Categories' rise to prominence, and that his motivations for interest in the text can be recovered. The volume also tracks Platonic and Stoic debate over the Categories, and suggests reasons for its adoption into the mainstream of both schools. Covering the period from the first century BCE to the third century CE, the volume focuses on individual philosophers whose views can be recovered from later, mostly Neoplatonic sources, including Andronicus of Rhodes, Eudorus of Alexandria, Pseudo-Archytas, Lucius, Nicostratus, Athenodorus, and Cornutus.

Index: 

Preface
Abbreviations
1. Introduction
PART A: REDISCOVERY AND ENDORSEMENT: ANDRONICUS AND EUDORUS
2. Andronicus of Rhodes
3. 'Pythagorean' Support: Eudorus and Pseudo-Archytas
PART B: EARLY CRITICISMS: PLATONISTS AND STOICS
4. Lucius and Nicostratus
5. Stoic Critque: Athenodorus and Cornutus
PART C: PERIPATETIC SYNTHESIS AND RESPONSE
6. Boethus of Sidon
7. The Second Century: A Brief Overview
8. Conclusions
Appendix 1: Persons and Sources
Appendix 2: Adronicus' Publication and Work
Appendix 3: An Outline of Aristotle's Categories
Index

About the author: 

Michael J. Griffin is Assistant Professor of Greek Philosophy at the University of British Columbia.

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