The Heirs Of Plato: A Study Of The Old Academy (347-274 Bc)

Paperback | April 15, 2005

byJohn Dillon

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The Heirs of Plato is the first book exclusively devoted to an in-depth study of the various directions in philosophy taken by Plato's followers in the first seventy years or so following his death in 347 BC. - the period generally known as 'The Old Academy'. Speusippus, Xenocrates, andPolemon, the three successive heads of the Academy in this period, though personally devoted to the memory of Plato, were independent philosophers in their own right, and felt free to develop his heritage in individual directions. This is also true of other personalities attached to the school, suchas Philippus of Opus, Heraclides of Pontus, and Crantor of Soli. After an introductory chapter on the school itself, and a summary of Plato's philosophical heritage, John Dillon devotes a chapter to each of the school heads, and another to the other chief characters, exploring both what holds them together and what sets them apart. There is a final short chapterdevoted to the turn away from dogmatism to scepticism under Arcesilaus in the 270s, and some reflections on the intellectual debt of Stoicism to the thought of Polemon, in particular.Dillon's clear and accessible book fills a significant gap in our understanding of Plato's immediate philosophical influence, and will be of great value to scholars and historians of ancient philosophy.

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The Heirs of Plato is the first book exclusively devoted to an in-depth study of the various directions in philosophy taken by Plato's followers in the first seventy years or so following his death in 347 BC. - the period generally known as 'The Old Academy'. Speusippus, Xenocrates, andPolemon, the three successive heads of the Academy...

John Dillon is at School of Classics, University of Dublin.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:April 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199279462

ISBN - 13:9780199279463

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Table of Contents

1 The Riddle of the AcademyA. The Physical Structure of the AcademyB. Plato's Intellectual Legacy2. Speusippus and the Search for an Adequate System of PrinciplesA. Life and WorksB. Philosophy3. Xenocrates and the Systematization of PlatonismA. Life and WorksB. Philosophy4. Polemon, Champion of Ethical PraxisA. Life and WorksB. Philosophy5. Minor FiguresA. Philippus of OpusB. Hermodorus of SyracuseC. Heraclides of PontusD. Crantor of SoliE. Conclusion6. Epilogue: Arcesilaus and the Turn to Scepticism

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`Review from previous edition Dillon's book [contains a] wealth of information and systematic analysis. Classicists and philosophers will learn a great deal from reading it. Also, they will probably enjoy Dillon's clear and often witty prose, as I did.'Voula Tsouna, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews