The Philosophy of Antiochus
Antiochus of Ascalon was one of the seminal philosophers of the first century BC, an era of radical philosophical change. Some called him a virtual Stoic, but in reality his programme was an updated revival of the philosophy of the 'ancients', meaning above all Plato and Aristotle. His significance lies partly in his enormous influence on Roman intellectuals of the age, including Cicero, Brutus and Varro, and partly in his role as the harbinger of a new style of philosophy, which thereafter remained dominant for the remainder of antiquity. Yet much remains controversial about his ideas. This volume, the first in English to be devoted entirely to Antiochus, brings together a team of leading scholars to discuss every major aspect of his life, work and significance. In addition, it contains the first full guide to his testimonia in any modern language.
- Electronic book text | 392 pages
- 07 Mar 2012
- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Introduction; 1. Antiochus' biography Myrto Hatzimichali; 2. Antiochus and the Academy Roberto Polito; 3. Antiochus and Asclepiades: medical and philosophical sectarianism at the end of the Hellenistic era Rebecca Flemming; 4. Antiochus as historian of philosophy David Sedley; 5. Antiochus' epistemology Charles Brittain; 6. Antiochus on contemplation and the happy life Georgia Tsouni; 7. Antiochus, Aristotle, and the Stoics on degrees of happiness T. H. Irwin; 8. Antiochus on social virtue Malcolm Schofield; 9. Antiochus on physics Brad Inwood; 10. Antiochus' metaphysics G. R. Boys-Stones; 11. The neutralizing argument: Carneades, Antiochus, Cicero Malcolm Schofield; 12. Varro and Antiochus David Blank; 13. Other followers of Antiochus Carlos Levy; 14. Antiochus and Platonism Mauro Bonazzi; Appendix: a guide to the testimonies for Antiochus David Sedley; Bibliography.
'The book convinces me ... that Antiochus belongs to late Hellenistic philosophy rather than to the scholarly world of succeeding generations. While many issues still defy resolution, my final judgment is a highly favourable one. I particularly enjoyed the contribution of the younger scholars, while appreciating the range and depth of experienced researchers.' Harold Tarrant, sehepunkte.de
About David Sedley
David Sedley is Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Christ's College. His books include Lucretius and the Transformation of Greek Wisdom (1998), Plato's Cratylus (2003) and Creationism and Its Critics in Antiquity (2007). He is also editor of The Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Philosophy (2003).