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Platonist philosophy 80 BC to AD 250 : an introduction and collection of sources in translation

Author: G R Boys-Stones
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2018. ©2018
Series: Cambridge source books in post-Hellenistic philosophy.
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'Middle' Platonism has some claim to be the single most influential philosophical movement of the last two thousand years, as the common background to 'Neoplatonism' and the early development of Christian theology. This book breaks with the tradition of considering it primarily in terms of its sources, instead putting its contemporary philosophical engagements front and centre to reconstruct its philosophical  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: G R Boys-Stones
ISBN: 9780521838580 0521838584
OCLC Number: 1000150478
Description: xiv, 648 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : studying middle Platonism --
Plato's authority and the history of philosophy --
Making sense of the dialogues --
I. Cosmology. Causal principles for a non-materialist cosmology --
The debate over matter and the problem of evil --
Paradigm forms --
The creator God --
Theories of creation --
World soul and nature --
Individual souls and their faculties --
Living beings : gods, daimons, humans, animals, plants --
Providence --
Fate --
II. Dialectic. Epistemology --
Logic --
Aristotle's Categories : ontology and linguistics --
The hierarchy of sciences --
III. Ethics. The goal : virtue and the ideal life --
Ethical virtue and the management of the passions --
Politics --
The system of the Chaldaean oracles.
Series Title: Cambridge source books in post-Hellenistic philosophy.
Responsibility: George Boys-Stones.

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