The Peripatetics: Aristotle's Heirs 322 Bce - 200 Ce by Han BaltussenThe Peripatetics: Aristotle's Heirs 322 Bce - 200 Ce by Han Baltussen

The Peripatetics: Aristotle's Heirs 322 Bce - 200 Ce

byHan Baltussen

Hardcover | August 12, 2016

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The Peripatetics explores the development of Peripatetic thought from Theophrastus and Strato to the work of the commentator Alexander of Aphrodisias. The book examines whether the internal dynamics of this philosophical school allowed for a unity of Peripatetic thought, or whether there was a fundamental tension between philosophical creativity and the notions of core teachings and canonisation. The book discusses the major philosophical preoccupations of the Peripatetics, interactions with Hellenistic schools of thought, and the shift in focus among Greek philosophers in a changing political landscape. It is the first book of its kind to provide a survey of this important philosophical tradition.
Han Baltussen is Hughes Professor of Classics at the University of Adelaide, Australia. After completing his PhD at Utrecht (Netherlands), he held postdoctoral positions in Utrecht, Washington, and London. His research interests include intellectual history and the history of ideas, as well as ancient philosophy.
Title:The Peripatetics: Aristotle's Heirs 322 Bce - 200 CeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:190 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:August 12, 2016Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Sources and Abbreviations



1 Aristotle¿s Heirs

2 The Natural World and its (hidden) Foundations

3 Things and Words: Language, Logic and Reasoning

4 Ethics and Politics: On Morality and Citizenship

5 Continuity and Criticism in the Peripatos

6 Intellectual Context: Rivals and Devotees

7 Epilogue: From Theophrastus to Alexander of Aphrodisias


Appendix A: Known Peripatetics 322 BCE ¿ 250 CE

Appendix B: Modern Editions & Commentaries on the Peripatetics




Editorial Reviews

This is an accessible and reliable introduction to a little-known, but historically pivotal, tradition within ancient thought: the followers of Aristotle from his immediate successors to the great commentator Alexander of Aphrodisias. Baltussen is particularly interesting on the question of authority. He shows that allegiance to Aristotle was compatible with originality, and charts disagreements between the Peripatetics as well as their attempts to defend the Aristotelian position against rival schools. Ultimately Aristotle would become "the" philosopher, and study of his works would become synonymous with philosophy itself; Baltussen explains the pre-history of that development. - Professor Peter Adamson, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany