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Author: Porphyry; Steven K Strange
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1992.
Series: Ancient commentators on Aristotle.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A key figure in the history of Aristotelianism, Porphyry (AD 232/3 - c. 305) was born in Tyre and was a student of Longinus' in Athens and of Plotinus' in Rome. In his commentary on the Categories, Porphyry provided an authoritative interpretation of a notoriously controversial work."--BOOK JACKET. "Commentators on Aristotle had disagreed fundamentally over whether the Categories was a work of logic, concerning  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
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Porphyry, approximately 234-approximately 305.
On Aristotle's categories.
Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1992
(OCoLC)654813210
Named Person: Aristotle.; Aristote.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Porphyry; Steven K Strange
ISBN: 0801428165 9780801428166
OCLC Number: 25872472
Notes: Series statement from jacket.
Description: 185 pages ; 25 cm.
Series Title: Ancient commentators on Aristotle.
Other Titles: In Aristotelis categorias expositio per interrogationem et responsionem.
Responsibility: Porphyry ; translated by Steven K. Strange.

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"A key figure in the history of Aristotelianism, Porphyry (AD 232/3 - c. 305) was born in Tyre and was a student of Longinus' in Athens and of Plotinus' in Rome. In his commentary on the Categories, Porphyry provided an authoritative interpretation of a notoriously controversial work."--BOOK JACKET. "Commentators on Aristotle had disagreed fundamentally over whether the Categories was a work of logic, concerning simple terms or the simple concepts they represent, or a metaphysical work addressing the classification by genera of simple entities or concepts. Approaching the Categories as the first of Aristotle's works in logic, Porphyry adopted an earlier Peripatetic view of the Categories as being concerned principally with terms or linguistic items, which he calls "predicates." He successfully defended the Categories against Plotinus, arguing that while it seemed to attack orthodox Platonism by denying the separation of forms and the ontological priority of the universal, it was in fact entirely compatible with Platonism. Because of Porphyry's intervention, the Categories came to serve as a basic textbook of logic for subsequent Neoplatonist teaching. His commentary influenced the Arabic tradition, and Boethius drew heavily on it as well."--BOOK JACKET. "The full text of Porphyry's commentary was lost, but the extant version is available here in Steven K. Strange's new translation. Ancient philosophers, historians of philosophy, classicists, and medievalists will welcome its appearance in English."--Jacket.

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