Aristotles Categories in the Early Roman Empire

Hardcover | March 26, 2015

byMichael J. Griffin

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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 inthe 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 criticalrole 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, andCornutus.

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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 inthe Aristotelian and Platonic traditions. In...

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

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.91 inPublished:March 26, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAbbreviations1. IntroductionPart A: Rediscovery and Endorsement: Andronicus and Eudorus2. Andronicus of Rhodes3. 'Pythagorean' Support: Eudorus and Pseudo-ArchytasPart B: Early Criticisms: Platonists and Stoics4. Lucius and Nicostratus5. Stoic Critque: Athenodorus and CornutusPart C: Peripatetic Synthesis and Response6. Boethus of Sidon7. The Second Century: A Brief Overview8. ConclusionsAppendix 1: Persons and SourcesAppendix 2: Adronicus' Publication and WorkAppendix 3: An Outline of Aristotle's CategoriesIndex