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Alexander of Aphrodisias

Works: 652 works in 1,814 publications in 8 languages and 20,936 library holdings
Genres: Commentaries  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Other, htt, Creator
Classifications: B535.A63, 160
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Alexander of Aphrodisias on the soul by Alexander( file )
9 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 776 libraries worldwide
This is Part I of the first English translation of the philosopher Alexander of Aphrodisias' treatise "On the Soul."
Ethical problems by Alexander( Book )
11 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and held by 747 libraries worldwide
"Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics has been a central text in moral philosophy since the fourth century BC. The Ethical Problems attributed to Alexander of Aphrodisias - the leading ancient commentator on Aristotle - not only shows us how Aristotle's work was discussed in Alexander's own day (c. 200 AD) but offers interpretations and insights that are valuable in their own right. Topics discussed include pleasure and distress, moral virtue, the criteria for judging actions voluntary, the development of moral understanding, and the place in ethics of utility, political community and a sense of shame."--Bloomsbury Publishing
On Aristotle's Prior analytics 1.1-7 by Alexander( Book )
29 editions published between 1883 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 646 libraries worldwide
On Aristotle's "Prior analytics 1.23-31" by Alexander( file )
13 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 533 libraries worldwide
"The other main topic of this part of the Prior Analytics is the specification of a method for discovering true premises needed to prove a given proposition. Aristotle's presentation is sometimes difficult to follow, and Alexander's discussion is extremely helpful to the uninitiated reader. In his commentary on the final chapter translated in this volume, Alexander provides an insightful account of Aristotle's criticism of Plato's method of division."--Jacket
Quaestiones by Alexander( Book )
11 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and held by 523 libraries worldwide
"This volume completes the translation in this series of Quaestiones attributed to Alexander of Aphrodisias, the leading ancient commentator on Aristotle. The Quaestiones are concerned with physics and metaphysics, psychology and divine providence. They exemplify the process whereby Aristotle's thought came to be organised into 'Aristotelianism' and show how interpretations were influenced by doctrines of Hellenistic philosophy. Some, translated into Arabic and thence into Latin, played a part in the transmission of ancient Greek philosophy to the medieval world. Those interested in Aristotle's psychological views will find this half of Quaestiones particularly valuable. Ten of the problems discussed explicitly involve issues raised in On the Soul, including the unity of apperception and the transition from first to second actuality in the act of contemplation. A further dozen concern problems in physical theory, including infinity, necessity and potentiality. Quaestio 2.21 concerns divine providence and helps supplement our knowledge of Alexander's position based on surviving Arabic fragments of his On Providence."--Bloomsbury Publishing
On Aristotle's "Topics 1" by Alexander( Book )
12 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and held by 450 libraries worldwide
"Aristotle's Topics is about dialectic, which can be understood as a debate between two people or as an individual's internal debate. Its purposes range from philosophical training to discovering the first principles of thought. Its arguments concern the four predicables: definition, property, genus, and accident. Aristotle explains how these four fit into his ten categories and in Book 1 begins to outline strategies for debate, such as the definition of ambiguity." "Alexander's commentary on Book 1 concerns the definition of Aristotelian syllogistic argument; its resistance to the rival Stoic theory of inference; and the character of inductive inference and of rhetorical argument. Alexander distinguishes inseparable accidents, such as the whiteness of snow, from defining differentiae, such as its being frozen, and considers how these differences fit into the schemes of categories. He speaks of dialectic as a stochastic discipline in which success is to be judged not by victory but by skill in argument. Alexander also investigates the subject of ambiguity, which had been richly developed since Aristotle by the rival Stoic school."--Jacket
On Aristotle's "On sense perception" by Alexander( Book )
8 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 440 libraries worldwide
"In his work On Sense Perception, Aristotle discusses the material conditions of perception, starting with the sense organs and moving to the material basis of color, flavor, and odor. His Pythagorean account of hues as a ratio of dark to light was enthusiastically endorsed by Goethe against Newton as being true to the painter's experience. Aristotle finishes with three problems about continuity. In what sense are indefinitely small color patches or color variations perceptible? Which perceptibles leap discontinuously like light to fill a whole space, which have to reach one point before another; and do observers of the latter perceive the same thing if they are at different distances? How does the central sense permit genuinely simultaneous, rather than staggered, perception of different objects?"--Jacket
On Aristotle's Metaphysics 2 & 3 by Alexander( Book )
25 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 406 libraries worldwide
"Aristotle's Metaphysics 2 consists of two chapters on methodology flanking an important discussion of the impossibility of infinite causal chains. The subject is vital for scientific method and for theological belief in a first cause and in a beginning of the universe. Philoponus later attacked Aristotle on this last point, but Alexander presents Aristotle's view in a most favourable light. In Metaphysics 3, Aristotle sets out what he sees as the central problems of metaphysics. Alexander's commentary was subsequently used by the Neoplatonists, two of whom have left their own commentaries, so that Alexander's Aristotelian interpretation can be compared with its rivals."--Bloomsbury Publishing
The problemes of Aristotle : with other philosophers and phisitions. Wherein are contayned diuers questions, with their answers, touching the estate of mans bodie by Aristotle( file )
25 editions published between 1595 and 1597 in English and held by 390 libraries worldwide
On Aristotle's Metaphysics by Alexander( Book )
11 editions published between 1827 and 2020 in 6 languages and held by 383 libraries worldwide
Unter den griechischen exegetischen Werken zu den Schriften des Aristoteles kommt dem von um 200 n. Chr. wirkenden Alexander von Aphrodisias (Bücher 1-5) und einem byzantinischen Gelehrten des 13. Jahrhunderts, bekannt als Pseudo-Alexander, (Bücher 6--?14) stammenden Kommentar zur Metaphysik des Aristoteles eine überragende Bedeutung zu. Der Wert des durch fundierte Kenntnisse der Philosophie des Aristoteles ausgezeichneten Kommentars ist sowohl für die denkerische Durchdringung der aristotelischen ?Metaphysik? als auch für die Geschichte der griechischen Philosophie nicht genug hochzuschätzen. Den Denkern des Mittelalters lag der Text aber nicht vor. Erst im Jahre 1527 machte der berühmte spanische Humanist Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda (1490?1573) der breiten Öffentlichkeit den Kommentar zur ?Metaphysik? erst zugänglich. Seine immer noch geschätzte, in gewissem Sinne auch unentbehrliche Übersetzung des Kommentars zu den ersten zwölf Büchern erstellte er aufgrund der Kollationierung der ihm zu Gebote stehenden Handschriften mit philologischer Gewissenhaftigkeit und ermöglichte auf diese Weise die immer noch nicht erforschte Rezeption des Textes in den folgenden drei Jahrhunderten bis zur ersten Edition des vollständigen griechischen Originals durch Hermann Bonitz 1847. Ein Nachdruck der 'editio princeps' dieser lateinischen Übersetzung, die 1561 zum fünften und letzten Mal erschienen ist, ist nicht nur ein Akt der antiquarischen Pietät, sondern kommt gerade im digitalen Zeitalter einer Forderung der Forschung nach
On Aristotle's "Prior Analytics 1.32-46" by Alexander( file )
8 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 325 libraries worldwide
"The last fourteen chapters of Book One of Aristotle's Prior Analytics are concerned with the representation in the formal language of syllogisitc of propositions and arguments expressed in more or less everyday Greek. In his commentary on these chapters, Alexander of Aphrodisias explains some of Aristotle's more opaque assertions and discusses post-Aristotelian ideas in semantics and the philosophy of language. In doing so he provides an unusual insight into the way in which these disciplines developed in the Hellenistic era. He also shows a more sophisticated understanding of these fields than Aristotle himself, while remaining a staunch defender of Aristotle's emphasis on meaning as opposed to the Stoic's concern with verbal formulation."--Jacket
The problems of Aristotle, with other phylosophers and physitions : wherein are contained divers questions with their answers touching the estate of a mans body by Aristotle( file )
12 editions published between 1666 and 1970 in English and held by 285 libraries worldwide
Alexander of Aphrodisias : on Aristotle Metaphysics 1 by Alexander( file )
21 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 270 libraries worldwide
"Alexander of Aphrodisias was the greatest exponent of Aristotelianism after Aristotle, and his commentary on Metaphysics 1-5 is the most substantial commentary on the Metaphysics to have survived from antiquity. The commentary on book 1 has the further interest that over half of it is devoted to Aristotle's discussion of Plato. Aristotle's battery of objectives to the theory of Ideas is spelled out with fragmentary quotations and paraphrases from four of Aristotle's lost works, and we are given an extended account of Plato's 'unwritten doctrines' according to which the Ideas are numbers, namely the One and Indefinite Dyad. The deliberations for and against the theory of Ideas recorded by Alexander are more detailed than anything in Plato's dialogues and tell us more than any other source how they were conceived in Plato's most developed theory."--Bloomsbury Publishing
Supplement to "On the soul" by Alexander( Book )
5 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 270 libraries worldwide
"The Supplement transmitted as the second book of On the Soul by Alexander of Aphrodisias (fl. c. 200 AD) is a collection of short texts on a wide range of topics from psychology, including the general hylomorphic account of soul and its faculties, and the theory of vision; questions in ethics (natural instincts, the unity of the virtues, the naturalness of justice and the insufficiency of virtue for happiness); and issues relating to responsibility, chance and fate. One of the texts in the collection, On Intellect, had a major influence on medieval Arabic and Western thought, greater than that of Alexander's On the Soul itself. The treatises may all be by Alexander himself; certainly the majority of them are closely connected with his other works. Many of them, however, consist of collections of arguments on particular issues, collections which probably incorporate material from earlier in the history of the Peripatetic school. This translation is from a new edition of the Greek text based on a collation of all known manuscripts and comparison with medieval Arabic and Latin translations."--Bloomsbury Publishing
On Aristotle Metaphysics 4 by Alexander( file )
6 editions published between 1933 and 2013 in English and held by 264 libraries worldwide
"In Metaphysics 4 Aristotle discusses the nature of metaphysics, the basic laws of logic, the falsity of subjectivism and the different types of ambiguity. The full, clear commentary of Alexander of Aphrodisias on this important book is here translated into English by Arthur Madigan. Alexander goes through Aristotle's text practically line by line, attending to the logical sequence of the arguments, noting places where Aristotle's words will bear more than one interpretation and marking variant readings. He repeatedly cross-refers to the De Interpretatione, Analytics, Physics and other works of Aristotle, thus placing Metaphysics 4 in the content of Aristotle's philosophy as a whole."--Bloomsbury Publishing
On Aristotle Metaphysics 5 by Alexander( file )
7 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and held by 249 libraries worldwide
"Aristotle was a systematic writer who often cross-referred to the definitions of terms given elsewhere in his work. Book 5 of the Metaphysics is important because it consists of definitions of the main uses of key terms in Aristotle's philosophy, and it is extremely valuable to have a commentary on this important text by Alexander of Aphrodisias, the leading commentator of his school. Alexander provides a detailed commentary on all of the thirty terms analysed in Book 5, weighing alternative interpretations of what Aristotle says one against another, defending Peripatetic views against actual and possible criticisms, and attempting to integrate what is said in Book 5 into the context of the Metaphysics as a whole."--Bloomsbury Publishing
Alexander of Aphrodisias on fate : text, translation, and commentary by Alexander( Book )
6 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 248 libraries worldwide
The problem of free will, human responsibility, and determinism is one that has fascinated philosophers and laymen alike from antiquity to the present day, and which is far from settled yet. The treatise To the Emperors on Fate and Responsibility by Alexander of Aphrodisias (c. 200 AD) is perhaps the most comprehensive discussion of this complex issue surviving from antiquity. After an introduction outlining the earlier history of the problem, it is here presented in a new English translation with a detailed commentary; a Greek text and an updated critical apparatus. Also included are a number of shorter discussions dealing with related topics selected from the body of writings attributed to Alexander
Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca by Alexander( Book )
19 editions published between 1899 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 230 libraries worldwide
Quaestiones 1.1-2.15 by Alexander( file )
15 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and held by 226 libraries worldwide
"The Quaestiones attributed to Alexander of Aphrodisias, the leading ancient commentator on Aristotle, are concerned with physics and metaphysics, psychology and divine providence. They exemplify the process by which Aristotle's thought came to be organised into 'Aristotelianism', and show how interpretations were influence by the doctrines of Hellenistic philosophy. Some of them, translated into Arabic and thence into Latin, played a part in the transmission of ancient Greek philosophy to the medieval world; and they are still of use today in the interpretation of Aristotle's views on such matters as the problem of universals and the relation between form and matter. The Quaestiones have been studied more and more in recent years; but the present volume and its successor offer the first translation of the whole collection into English or any other modern language."--Bloomsbury Publishing
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Alessandro, di Afrodisia
Alexander, Aphrodisaeus
Alexander, Aphrodisiensis
Alexander, von Aphrodisias
Alexandre, d'Aphrodise
Alexandros, Aphrodisieus
Alexandros, ho Aphrodiseus
Aphrodisæus, Alexander
Iskandar al-Afrūdīsī
Ἀλέξανδρος, Ἀφροδισιεύς
אלכסנדר, אלאפרודסי
אלכסנדר מאפרודיסיאס
اسكندر الافروديسي
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الافروديسي، الاسكندر
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