New PDF release: The Cambridge History of Hellenistic Philosophy

By Keimpe Algra, Jonathan Barnes, Jaap Mansfeld, Malcolm Schofield

ISBN-10: 0521616700

ISBN-13: 9780521616706

Organised by way of topic, it comprises sections on common sense, epistemology, physics and metaphysics, ethics and politics and it offers the full of life debate among faculties which characterized the Hellenistic age. Written through prime specialists within the box, the historical past is meant to be a resource of reference for all scholars of old philosophy, of classical antiquity and of philosophy of later sessions.

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One of the factors involved in the survival of these secondary sources is the popularity of an author as a literary model and/or his usefulness for Christian writers. 49 Yet a good number of Plutarch’s so-called moralia, as well as some of Cicero’s philosophica, have been lost, and there are gaps in the corpus of Philo’s writings too. iv Quellenforschung Understandably, scholars would like to go back from these secondary sources to (the) original works, or at least to intermediary secondary sources closer in time to these originals and so, supposedly, truer to them.

Obbink (1996) argues that Philodemus is Cicero’s immediate source, but this cannot be proved, and Piet. may even have been written later than the ND. 81 Mansfeld 1990a, 3193–208, or 1992c, 70–93. On the thesis see Throm 1932. g. L. 127, contrast between Stoics and Peripatetics which recalls the argument of Cic. Fin. iii–v. 83 He sometimes exploits the vulgar misunderstanding of the ethics and fails to take notice of developments in the school; see Erler 1992b. But his treatment of Epicurus in Tusc.

The third scholarch was Polemo of Athens, chosen in 314/3, the year of Xenocrates’ death. Young, rich and dissolute, Polemo was converted to philosophy after listening to a lecture by Xenocrates on temperance (so–phrosune–). His chronology should be 1 For the Stoa, Academy and Garden I have mostly used (but also revised) the evidence in Dorandi 1991c. J. D. Morgan has enabled me (per litteras) to correct some imprecisions. I am very grateful for his help. Some of the dates are still provisional and will perhaps have to be changed once the complete results of Morgan’s research have been published.

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