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On Aristotle's On the soul

Author: Themistius.; Robert B Todd
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1996.
Series: Ancient commentators on Aristotle.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Themistius ran his own philosophical school in Constantinople in the middle of the fourth century A.D. His paraphrases of Aristotle's writings are unlike the elaborate commentaries produced by Alexander of Aphrodisias, or the later Neoplatonists Simplicius and Philoponus. His aim was to provide a clear and independent restatement of Aristotle's text which would be accessible as an elementary exegesis. But he also  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Early works to 1850
Named Person: Aristotle.; Aristote.; Aristoteles.; Themistius.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Themistius.; Robert B Todd
ISBN: 0801432812 9780801432811
OCLC Number: 34077292
Notes: Series statement from jacket.
Description: viii, 247 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Ancient commentators on Aristotle.
Other Titles: Paraphrasis tōn Peri psychēs Aristotelous.
Responsibility: Themistius ; translated by Robert B. Todd.

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Themistius ran his own philosophical school in Constantinople in the middle of the fourth century A.D. His paraphrases of Aristotle's writings are unlike the elaborate commentaries produced by Alexander of Aphrodisias, or the later Neoplatonists Simplicius and Philoponus. His aim was to provide a clear and independent restatement of Aristotle's text which would be accessible as an elementary exegesis. But he also discusses important philosophical problems, reports and disagrees with other commentaries including the lost commentary of Porphyry, and offers interpretations of Plato. Themistius' paraphrase of Aristotle's On the Soul is his most important and influential work. It is also the first extant commentary on this work of Aristotle to survive from antiquity. A rival to that of Alexander of Aphrodisias, it represents one of the main interpretations of Aristotle's theory of the intellect, which was debated throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It continues to be an important text for the reconstruction of Aristotle's philosophical psychology today.

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